(CNN)Footballers from around the world are joining together to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo each reportedly giving €1 million ($1.1 million) to the cause.
Clinic Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a donation from the Argentine, which will go towards both treating infected patients and researching COVID-19.”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.Read MoreLa Liga has also been suspended indefinitely, with officials saying on Monday that it would only resume when the government confirms it is safe to do so.Meanwhile, Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes’ sizeable donation will be divided between two hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.READ:
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The club says the money will go towards protective equipment for doctors, the training of 2,000 volunteers, paying for 5,000 education kits for schoolchildren in isolation and providing food and support for the elderly and homeless.Last week, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also donated €1 million to help fight the outbreak in Germany.