Former Barcelona Xavi donates 1m euros to hospital in coronavirus fight


Former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi Hernandez and his wife have donated one million euros ($ 1 . 08 million ) to the city’ s Hospital Clinic to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“ Xavi Hernandez and Nuria Cunillera have made a donation of one million euros to the clinic to face up to COVID – 19. Thanks a lot for your help and support … All together, we will get there, ” the hospital tweeted on Saturday .

“ Nuria and I , we support the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona ’ s fight against the coronavirus .

Thanks to the donations they are receiving, the hospital has acquired equipment for patients and healthcare professionals , ” Xavi said in a video posted on his Twitter account .

The former World Cup winner and two – time European champion with Spain is currently in charge of Al – Sadd in Qatar and turned down an approach from Barcelona in January after the club sacked Ernesto Valverde.

Lionel Messi , Pep Guardiola , Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol are among several Spanish sports stars to have donated or led fundraising campaigns to help combat the deadly virus .

Spain , which is under a near -total lockdown , on Saturday recorded a second successive daily fall in coronavirus -related deaths with 809 fatalities.

The total number of deaths in the country stands at 11, 744 , second only to Italy.

The number of new Spanish cases also slowed at 7 , 026 , taking the total to 124 , 736 .

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