Lionel Messi really did donate hundreds of thousands to Unicef

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Monday 10 August 2015 12:00
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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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