Stepping up in his lead against the charge, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated €1m (about R19 million) to help in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in Spain.
To date, there have been over 42 000 confirmed cases of infected people in Spain with close to 3 000 deaths as of March 25, according to collated statistics. Guardiola, currently at his home in Barcelona while the Premier League in England is suspended, has reportedly been working with his lawyers over the past few days to work out the best way of using the money.
It has since been confirmed the funds will go towards a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona as well as the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation. Further, Guardiola’s donation will be used to help purchase medical equipment and protective material for the hospital staff involved in treating those admitted to hospital.
Superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also both reportedly donated €1m to similar causes this week. The Spanish daily sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that Messi had donated to at least two hospitals – one in Barcelona and the other in his native Argentina. Meanwhile, Ronaldo and his agent made a donation to three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Lisbon and Porto, reports suggested.