BERN-Roger Federer has joined the record of sports activities stars serving to out the needy in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, with the previous world primary and his spouse donating a million Swiss Francs ($1.02 million) to weak households in his native Switzerland.

Portugal and Juventus ahead Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes additionally got here collectively to donate lifesaving gear to Portuguese hospitals. “These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,” Federer wrote in a press release posted on Twitter right here on Wednesday. “Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.”

Globally, greater than 420,700 folks have been contaminated by the novel coronavirus and 18,820 have died, in response to a Reuters tally. Switzerland has almost 9,900 confirmed circumstances with 122 deaths. “Our contribution is just a start,” Federer added. “We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis.”


Barcelona ahead Lionel Messi and Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola have every donated a million euros ($1.08 million) in the direction of the combat towards coronavirus. Argentina worldwide Messi’s donation can be cut up between Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and one other medical centre in his dwelling nation, in response to a report in Marca. “Leo Messi made a donation to the clinic to fight the coronavirus,” Hospital Clinic wrote on Twitter. “Thank you very much, Leo, for your commitment and your support.”

Former Barcelona participant and supervisor Guardiola made his contribution to a marketing campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Basis and Medical Faculty of Barcelona. “Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic,” mentioned a press release from the Faculty. “The donation campaign promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and managed through the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation aims to collect medical materials and financial contributions from collegiate doctors and the general population, for the purchase of medical equipment and equipment that is currently lacking in health centres in Catalonia. It will also help finance the alternative production, through 3D printing and other methods, of respirators and personal protection equipment for healthcare staff.”

Earlier than Guardiola made his donation, the marketing campaign had raised 33,000 euros in three days. Spain is the nation worst affected by the illness in Europe outdoors of Italy, with 2,696 deaths and virtually 40,000 optimistic circumstances. The area of Catalonia, the place Guardiola is from and the place Messi has lived since becoming a member of Barca aged 13, is likely one of the worst-affected elements of the nation.