Neymar applauded on Brazilian TV after making secret £770k donation in fight against coronavirus


NEYMAR has been revealed as the man behind a secret £770,000 donation to help fight coronavirus.

Reports in Brazil named the Paris Saint-Germain star after he made the anonymous pledge to UNICEF.

 Neymar is seeing out the pandemic with friends in his Brazilian mansion

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Neymar is seeing out the pandemic with friends in his Brazilian mansionCredit: AFP or licensors

During football’s suspension, Neymar is back in his home country, riding out the pandemic with friends in his £7million mansion down the coast from Rio De Janeiro.

And following criticism from some that he wasn’t doing enough, the player decided to act.

TV show Fofocalizando report on Neymar initially asking to remain anonymous when sending in his donation, which equates to 5 million reais.

The money was split between UNICEF and a solidarity fund set up by TV presenter friend Luciano Huck.

Neymar helped launch that initiative alongside fellow Brazil celebrities last week with the message “solidarity must be more contagious than the virus”.

There are currently just over 8,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Brazil with 327 deaths.

Famous faces the world over are contributing to the fight against coronavirus with football stars pledging millions of pounds.

Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola have both made donations of over £900,000 to hospitals in Spain and Argentina while Cristiano Ronaldo has made provisions for medical equipment and intensive care units.


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Tennis heroes Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are sending some of their fortune to help combat the virus in their home countries.

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And, in the UK, ex-striker Gary Lineker recently donated two months’ salary to the British Red Cross with both Brighton boss Graham Potter and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe taking voluntary pay cuts.

It still remains to be seen what action current Premier League stars will take, something Lineker insists will happen once a plan is agreed on.

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