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LIONEL Messi is another name on the list of donators for the pandemic COVID-19 that has eaten deep into the fabrics of world affairs and sports.

Another name on the list of donors is Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola; the two football stars spent time together at Barcelona where they enjoyed tremendous success as they won three consecutive La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies as well as the 2009 and 2011 Champions League.

The Argentina international’s rise to superstardom was greatly inspired by the Catalan boss’ teachings as he revolutionized Barca’s tactics as well as philosophy.

  “The fundraising campaign led by the Official College of Doctors of Barcelona and managed through the Foundation, is aimed at obtaining cash donations from doctors who are members of the college and the general population to buy health equipment which is currently lacking in hospitals in Catalonia.

 Barcelona star, Lionel Messi and Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola have donated €1million (£914,000) each towards the fight against coronavirus. COVID-19 has recorded a total of 423,621 cases as well as 18,910 deaths globally and has brought football to a standstill until further notice.

  According to Mundo Deportivo, Messi’s generous donation will be split between Barcelona’s University hospital and another medical centre in his native Argentina.

  This came just hours after the star forward’s former Barca boss, Guardiola offered a similar amount to the Barcelona-based Angel Soler Daniel Foundation, which is linked to the Official College of Doctors of Barcelona.

The money from both football stars will be used to buy essential health equipment for the battle against the killer virus, which has led to 422 deaths in the UK.

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  More sports stars have rallied against coronavirus as Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes have financed extra intensive care facilities at hospitals fighting the deadly virus in Lisbon and Porto.

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