By Goal/The Sun
Two of the biggest names in the sports world are making sizable donations in hopes of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is donating one million euros that will be split between the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and another medical center in Argentina, the Hospital Clínic announced Tuesday.
While Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal by contributing one million euros in relief, according to the Associated Press.
The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto said that the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes at a later date.
The spread of the coronavirus has all but halted the entire sports world, stopping both Juventus’ and Barcelona’s seasons, among other teams.
As of Tuesday evening, in Ronaldo’s native Portugal, there are more than 2,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, causing more than 30 deaths.
Spain currently has the fourth-most confirmed cases worldwide (nearly 40,000 cases), causing nearly 3,000 deaths.
Messi’s native Argentina has just over 300 confirmed cases as of Tuesday evening, causing six deaths.
Ronaldo better than Messi?
Brazilian football legend Pele has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi… but not without also insisting that HE remains the greatest of all time.
The 79-year-old, who holds Guinness World Record as top scorer of all time, doesn’t think that these young whippersnappers quite live up to his greatness.
And although many of his 1,281 recorded goals were scored in unofficial friendlies, the three-time World Cup winner rightly remains at the forefront of any “greatest of all time” debate.
But on the current crop, Pele’s view is firm, as he told YouTube channel Pilhado: “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.”
Ronaldo, 35, has scored an astonishing 725 goals in 100 total games over the course of his glittering career.
But Messi, three years his junior, also boasts an amazing record, having bagged 697 goals in 856 games, despite, as Pele points out – not being a striker.
The legendary former Santos man named a host of other contenders to his self-appointed title as the sport’s greatest ever… but with one glaring omission.
He continued: “It is a question that is difficult to answer. We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.
“And in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff.