Superstar Lionel Messi donates money to buy medical equipment and serves the research on the prevention of Covid-19 for hospitals in Barcelona (Spain).
Messi supported 1 million euros to fighting against the epidemic
The Covid-19 pandemic is strongly outbreaking and spreading throughout countries all over the world. Europe is one of the hotspots most affected by the epidemic because not only the economic, political, and medical systems have been turned upside down, but all the sports competitions in the old continent have to be postponed or canceled.
Many of the major football stars in the world have shown their generosity by donating money, material as well as spiritual values to the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic. Yesterday, striker Lionel Messi made a donation of up to 1 million euros for hospitals in 2 cities Barcelona and the city of Rosario in his native Argentina.
According to a source from Mundo Deportivo, the money Messi donates will be used by hospitals to buy glasses, gloves, gas masks, for research projects as well as for the treatment of Covid-19.
“Leo Messi has donated to the anti-epidemic of Covid-19 at the Clinic. Thank you, Leo, for your dedication and support to the community, ”Clinic Clinic in the city of Barcelona posted thanks on Twitter last night.
In addition to raising money to support hospitals, Messi also accepted a pay cut to support the host team Barcelona. With the current salary of 71 million euros/year, Messi certainly suffered no small loss. Mundo Derportivo newspaper said that Messi’s wage reduction rate can be up to 70%. Currently, the Barcelona captain striker is still with his family and training regularly at home in the context of tournaments across Europe being delayed.
Messi is a football player who is quite prominent in other charitable activities, especially those for children’s rights in cooperation with Unicef. It is known that a charity set up named He has built more than 20 schools in Syria, helping about 1,600 children in this country can go to school in the context of war and bombs are going on continuously for 10 years. over in Syria. In addition, his foundation also raises money for medical research, helping medical facilities in Argentina, Spain and some parts of the world.
Before Messi, coach Pep Guardiola also donated 1 million euros to support the Barcelona Medical University and Angel Soler Daniel Foundation in his home country of Spain. This money is used to buy medical equipment and protective gear for hospital staff. Cristiano Ronaldo and his representative Jorge Mendes also donated the same amount to hospitals in Lisbon, Portugal.
He also sacrificed more “tons of money” for Barcelona
In addition to raising money, he also agreed to cut wages to support the Barcelona club. This decision was made after a meeting between President Josep Maria Bartomeu along with the club’s captain and vice-captain (Messi, Pique, Busquets and Sergi Roberto).
Information from Mundo Deportivo said that the salary cut rate of Barcelona members is quite high, maybe even up to 70%, and is applied the same in all cases. Thus, Messi – who is the highest paid in the Nou Camp, up to 70 million euros/year – will suffer the biggest damage.
Barcelona is suffering from huge economic losses. Many lucrative sources, such as ticket sales and television royalties, have been delayed due to delayed games. In addition, the system of shops selling Barcelona-branded products around the world is also closed for a long time.
However, the management of the Nou Camp team affirmed that as soon as the tournaments return and financial difficulties due to the fatal epidemic are resolved, they will try to compensate for the lost income of the club members.
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