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Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola make seven-figure donations to coronavirus funds

A tweet from the hospital confirmed that the icons had make financial commitments, to combating the disease

10:30am on Wednesday 25th March 2020
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Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola have both made a donation to funds raising money to battle COVID-19.

Messi has donated to the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, with the amount thought to be €1 million. In a tweet sent out on Tuesday evening, Hospital Clinic's official account confirmed that the Argentine had made a donation to the official fund created to combat coronavirus.

Catalan-based publication El Mundo Deportivo has reported that Messi's donation is €1m and will be split between the clinic in question, another centre in Barcelona and a medical centre in Argentina.

Messi's donation follows an identical amount from his former coach, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who has pledged the money to the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel foundation.

In both cases the money will be spent to acquire medical equipment and protective clothing such as masks and gloves for the frontline doctors and nurses battling the virus.

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