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After the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that devastated several provinces of Turkey and Syria, Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi spoke about it this Sunday asking for help for the affected boys and girls.
With a publication on his official Instagram account, the South American star requested support through donations to facilitate the humanitarian work of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
“Thousands of boys and girls are in danger after the devastating earthquakes that have shaken Syria and Turkey. Make a donation to support Unicef’s humanitarian response”, reads the image shared by Lio and where a rescued girl is seen among the rubble.
However, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner wrote a few words in both Spanish and English to refer to the earthquake six days ago.
“These are very sad days for the thousands of children and their families affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. My heart is with them. Unicef is working from the beginning in the area, to protect the girls and boys. Your help is very valuable!” wrote the Argentine accompanied by a link for donations.
Several Turkish soccer figures have shown their willingness to help in this tragedy and defender Merih Demiral put Lionel Messi’s shirt up for auction with the aim of raising funds for the victims. “We auctioned Leo’s shirt that he wore in the match and signed”, he posted on his Twitter account. This auction concluded last Saturday, February 11, but the creditor and the amount are not yet known.
Previously, Demiral managed to raise almost 200,000 euros with the sale of an autographed shirt of the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo when they were teammates at Juventus.
The earthquake in Turkey has been cataloged by the authorities of that country as “the largest natural disaster in the country since 1939”. The latest reports indicate more than 30,000 deaths and almost 100,000 injuries.
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