Federer, Messi, Guadiola donate millions to fight Coronavirus


Top sports men around the world have been making generous donations to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has donated one million euros ($1.08 million) to help buy medical supplies for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in his native Spain.

The former FC Barcelona boss gave the money to the Medical College of Barcelona to buy “medical equipment that is currently lacking in health centres in Catalonia.”

His donation will also be used to produce ventilators to treat patients and protective gear for health care workers in Guardiola’s northeastern region of Spain.

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Meanwhile Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic said it had received a donation from FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi to help it fight the virus.

Expressing their gratitude for his donation in a tweet, the hospital wrote: “Thank you Leo, for your support and commitment.”

The hospital did not say how much money the player donated, but Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo said it was one million euros.

With the pandemic spreading across the world, Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries, logging the third highest number of deaths with the latest toll standing at 2,696, and the total number of infections nearing 40,000.

Also, tennis legend, Roger Federer and his wife Mirka have made a generous donation to assist in the coronavirus fight in Switzerland.

In a statement on Wednesday, Federer said:“These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.

“Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.

“Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need.

“Together we can overcome this crisis. Stay healthy.”

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