As the fight to halt the spread of Covid-19 ramps up, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stepped in to help. The City gaffer has donated one million euros which is equivalent to £920,000 to the efforts in Spain. He is currently at home in Barcelona. The Catalan region is one of the most hit areas with the most cases of the disease reported in the country.
The City boss is reported to have been working with his lawyers in the last few days to determine the best way to utilise the money. The decision was then reached to channel it to a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.
A statement from the Foundation confirming the donation said: “Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Fundacio Angel Soler Daniel for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The funds will be used to help purchase medical equipment and protective material for the hospital staff involved in treating those admitted to hospital.
Spain is one of the worst-hit countries in the world at the moment with more than 2,696 people dead and nearly 40,000 infected.
Lionel Messi even joined his former manager and matched his donation.
The world’s attention has now shifted to efforts geared towards curbing the spread of the virus. Football, and sports as a whole is now on hold with the 2020 Olympics the latest tournament to be postponed.