Leo Messi donates €1m to hospitals in Spain & Argentina
Leo Messi has joined the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
The Argentina and Barcelona superstar has donated a total of one million euros to causes in his adoptive city in Spain, and his hometown of Rosario in Argentina.
While Messi hasn’t made a public comment about his donations, the social media account for a hospital in Barcelona confirmed the story. Hospital Clínic in Barcelona revealed:
Leo Messi made a donation for the fight against Covid-19 at Hospital Clínic. Thank you very much Leo, for your commitment and your support.
According to Spanish newspaper El Pais (via Globoesporte), Messi’s donation in Argentina went to the Rosario Provincial Hospital.
Leo Messi hace una donación para la lucha contra la #Covid19 en el #CLÍNIC. Muchas gracias Leo, por tu compromiso y tu apoyo. @idibaps #Covid19 #YoMeQuedoenCasa
— Hospital CLÍNIC (@hospitalclinic) March 24, 2020
Barcelona stars yet to agree pay cuts
Wage cuts in football are coming.
In Germany, both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund players are leading the way with 20% pay cuts.
In Spain, Barcelona’s squad are reportedly considering how they can chip in, too.
According to El Pais, while the Barca squad have agreed in principle to such cuts during the coronavirus outbreak, those salary reductions are yet to be finalised.
What’s the hold-up? El Pais report:
The team led by Messi, whose combined salaries represent more than 60% of the club’s budget of 1,047 million, have already expressed their willingness to receive less money.
However, the footballers have not agreed to the proposal of the board, nor have they presented an alternative for the moment.
El Pais note that the proposed salary reduction sum for the Barcelona first-team isn’t public knowledge.
However, when it comes to the other Barcelona teams, the women’s team and other club teams are all being asked to take a 70% wage cut until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.