In a bid to counter the Coronavirus epidemic, Barcelona’s ace footballer Lionel Messi urged his fans to stay strong and act responsibly. Football leagues across Europe, including the Champions League and Europa League, have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Argentina forward’s message came as the global death toll from the outbreak surpassed 5,000 on Saturday. Also Read - British PM Boris Johnson Shifted to Intensive Care Unit as His Coronavirus Symptoms 'worsened'

The 32-year-old Messi posted a message on his official Instagram handle from his home in Catalonia alongside two of his children: “These are difficult days for everyone. We are worried about what is happening and we want to help, putting ourselves in the position of those who are suffering the most, either because they are affected directly or their family or friends are, or because they are working on the front line in the fight in hospitals and health centres.” Also Read - 'If PM Modi Doesn't Allow...': Trump Warns India of 'Retaliation' if US Order of Hydroxychloroquine Not Released



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“I want to send them all my support. Health has to come first. It is an exceptional moment and we have to follow all the recommendations from the health authorities and public authorities. That is the only way that we can fight it effectively. It is time to be responsible and stay at home,” the message added.



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Son días complicados para todo el mundo. Vivimos preocupados por lo que está ocurriendo y queremos ayudar poniéndonos en el lugar de aquellos que peor lo están pasando, o bien porque les afectó directamente a ellos o sus familiares y amigos, o porque están trabajando en primera línea para combatirlo en hospitales y centros de salud. Quiero enviarles mucha fuerza a todos ellos. La salud debe ser siempre lo primero. Es un momento excepcional y hay que seguir las indicaciones tanto de las organizaciones sanitarias como de las autoridades públicas. Sólo así podremos combatirlo de manera efectiva. Es el momento de ser responsable y quedarse en casa, además es perfecto para disfrutar ese tiempo con los tuyos que no siempre se puede tener. Un abrazo y ojalá consigamos darle vuelta a esta situación cuanto antes. #QuedateEnCasa #StayAtHome

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Messi’s words will serve as a timely reminder to his many followers to take the necessary precautions in time of Coronavirus pandemic.

The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, last year, has spread to more than 100 countries across the world, infecting over 1,20,000 people.