Robert Lewandowski and wife chip in €1million for coronavirus fight

(L-R) Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna attend the Sport Bild Award 2019 at the Fischauktionshalle on August 19, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna have donated €1million (£924,000) to try to help with the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 death toll has now passed 11,000 worldwide, while the number of confirmed cases has passed 275,000.

Bavaria, the state in Germany where Lewandowski is based, has become the first state in the country to impose a 14-day ban on going outdoors, and during their self-isolation Lewandowski and Anna sent a message of hope to fans.

As reported by Polish outlet Sportowefakty, they said: "Today, we are all aware of the difficulties of the situation that surrounds us. Today we all play in one team.

"Let's be strong in this fight and be unanimous. If we can help someone safely, let's do it. Good comes back.

"The situation affects each of us, we do not choose, so once again we ask: Let us follow the recommendations, listen to those who know each other well.

"Let's be responsible. We believe that we will return to normal soon. Let's be together, let's be in solidarity."

Lewandowski had scored a sensational 25 goals in 23 appearances in the Bundesliga before the division was suspended, while he was also top scorer in the Champions League with 11 goals.

A number of other high-profile figures have also been helping out in the fight against coronavirus, particularly in Italy, which has been the worst-hit country in Europe.

AS Roma donated 8,000 pairs of protective gloves and 2,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to churches, while first-team players and staff at Inter Milan gave €500,000 to charity.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane, meanwhile, donated around £41,000 to the national committee fighting against coronavirus in his home country of Senegal.

It is not yet clear when competitive football will return, with all domestic leagues seemingly suspended for the foreseeable future.
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