Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi donate €1m each to help battle against coronavirus in Spain

Money will be used by Barcelona's Hospital Clinic to buy medical supplies to treat coronavirus patients in the Spanish city

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Pep Guardiola has made his donation to the Barcelona Medical College
Pep Guardiola has made his donation to the Barcelona Medical College Credit: Getty Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi have each donated €1 million to help fight the spread of the coronavirus in Spain. 

Guardiola made his donation to the Barcelona Medical College,  which revealed on Twitter that the money would be used to buy medical supplies to treat coronavirus patients in the Spanish city. Guardiola is a Catalan native, and the former Barcelona coach.

“Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic,” said a statement from the college.

“The donation campaign promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and managed through the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation aims to collect medical materials and financial contributions from collegiate doctors and the general population, for the purchase of medical equipment and equipment that is currently lacking in health centres in Catalonia.

“It will also help finance the alternative production, through 3D printing and other methods, of respirators and personal protection equipment for healthcare staff.”

Messi's donation will be split between Barcelona's Hospital Clinic and efforts in his native Argentina, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

The Hospital Clinic said the donation will go toward treating patients as well as research seeking a cure for COVID-19.

Before Guardiola and Messi made their donations, the campaign had raised €33,000 in three days.

Spain is the country worst affected by the disease in Europe outside of Italy, with 2,696 deaths and almost 40,000 positive cases.

The region of Catalonia, where Guardiola is from and where Messi has lived since joining Barca aged 13, is one of the worst-affected parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have announced a free series of Connecting Communities videos across the UAE and the Middle East, in a bid to help young footballers and parents to stay fit and active at home.

The videos have been recorded by the team of City Football Schools coaches in Abu Dhabi – and will show skill tutorials and provide tips on healthy eating.