Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is widely considered as one of the greatest if not the greatest player in the history of the sport with the striker winning a number of professional and personal honours, including a record six Ballon d’Or awards.
The 32-year-old is also one of the best-paid sports stars in the world as he takes home a staggering
📰[MARCA] | Messi’s charity continues fight against childhood cancer
🔷 Lionel Messi is at the forefront of Lionel Messi Foundation and the organisation founded by the Barcelona icon is continuing in its fight against childhood cancer. pic.twitter.com/xzPcgSZhUm
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) November 24, 2019
The majority of Messi’s philanthropy comes through his Leo Messi foundation as it has contributed in i
In February 2019, Messi’s foundation donated €200,000 (£175,000) to Unicef projects in Kenya that allowed over 2,000 citizens access to free food and water, with the superstar appointed their Goodwill Ambassador back in 2010.
Since his appointment, he and his foundation have been involved in a number of causes including working with the Special Olympics in Catalunya and travelling impacted by natural disasters, poverty, disease and various other crippling social disadvantages.
Lionel Messi, UNICEF Ambassador, refuses to play football against “people who kill innocent Palestinian children.” pic.twitter.com/pK8CHxssiQ
— Massoud Maalouf (@Massoudmaalouf) June 6, 2018
The star made contributions recently to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as he made a reported donation of €1million ($£870k) to be split between Hospital Clinic in Catalunya and another health centre in Argentina.
He was also at the forefront of ensuring that Barcelona’s players took a massive 70 percent pay cut to help ensure that the non-playing staff would be paid their wages in full during this crisis.