Lionel Messi really did donate hundreds of thousands to Unicef

For some reason one of the internet's favourite fake story tropes is footballers making generous charitable donations.

Notwithstanding the fact that footballers and clubs do a lot for charity, Mesut Ozil did not give his World Cup winnings to the people of Gaza, and Cristiano Ronaldo did not give £5million to Save the Children's Nepal earthquake appeal.

But here's one story that is definitely true: Lionel Messi did donate 4.5million Argentinean pesos to Unicef in Argentina, through his charitable foundation.

The tweet, when translated, reads:

[Argentinean actor] Nico Vazquez brought a surprise from the Lionel Messi Foundation, a AR$4.5million grant to contribute to the work of Unicef.

Messi also appeared in a video saying it was a "pleasure" to be working with Unicef.


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