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Football stars Ronaldo, Messi donate to hospitals

The stars of the beautiful game are joining together in the fight against Covid-19.

Footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo each reportedly giving €1 million (US$1.1 million) to the cause, CNN Sport reported.

Clinic Barcelona confirmed that it had received a donation from the Argentine star, which will go towards both treating infected patients and researching Covid-19, the report said.

“Thank you very much Leo, for your commitment and your support,” the hospital said.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that half of the €1 million will go to Clinic Barcelona and the other half to a medical center in Messi’s native Argentina.

Spain has become one of the countries most affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak with more than 33,000 confirmed cased and 2,100 deaths, putting the healthcare system under immense strain.

La Liga has also been suspended indefinitely, with officials saying that it would only resume when the government confirms it is safe to do so, the report said.

Meanwhile, Juventus star Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes’ sizeable donation will be divided between two hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.

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