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Coronavirus: How Real Madrid are fighting pandemic - Ramos, Modric...

Real Madrid are doing their bit to help the battle against Covid-19, with both club and playing staff making significant donations to the cause.

Coronavirus: How Real Madrid are fighting pandemic - Ramos, Modric...
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Real Madrid have joined the fight against Covid-19 on a number of fronts. A week ago, the club offered their help to Madrid’s regional government, announcing that they were to donate healthcare equipment to aid the battle against the coronavirus in the capital, which has been an epicentre of the pandemic in Spain. Real have also loaned out their Bernabéu home stadium as a storage facility for medical supplies.

Real Madrid's players also doing bit to fight coronavirus

The squad are also doing their bit for the cause. Together with his wife, Pilar Rubio, club captain Sergio Ramos has donated over 250,000 masks, 1,000 protective suits for medical workers and 15,000 coronavirus tests. Ramos and Rubio made the contribution through the charity UNICEF, which the player represents as a global ambassador.

Meanwhile, Isco and his partner, Sara Sálamo, have taken to social media to raise money for hospitals, launching a campaign that “has been created with the aim of bringing in 500,000 euros to buy healthcare equipment and donate it to different hospitals across our country”. Days after announcing the initiative, the couple revealed that it had led to the purchase of artificial ventilation apparatus for the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid.

Several other Real players supporting Covid-19 battle

Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernández have joined fellow Spanish sportsmen Rafa Nadal and Pau Gasol in supporting the Red Cross’ #nuestramejorvictoria (‘our best victory’) campaign, while James Rodríguez has donated masks and protection suits to the Hospital Federico Lleras Acosta in Ibagué in his native Colombia, as well as sending nutrition kits to the city. “Despite the distance, James is always keeping a close eye on the situation in his country,” his uncle, Andrés Rubio, told the Colombian radio station Caracol Radio.

The most recent efforts to have come to light involve Casemiro and Luka Modric. The Brazilian newspaper O Vale has revealed that the former is to donate 6,000 protective masks to healthcare workers in his hometown in Brazil, São José dos Campos. “Casemiro has always helped the people of São José,” the player’s adviser, Pedro Bacha, said. “In this health crisis it was never going to be any different. He’s confined to his house in Spain, but he’s keeping up-to-date with the impact the problem is having here.”

According to the media outlet Sportske Novosti, meanwhile, Modric has given 100,000 euros and medical apparatus to a Croat hospital, whose director, Zeljko Culin said: “We’re very grateful to Luka for everything he has done. This equipment is necessary for [treating] people who have contracted the virus.”

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