Italian Serie A football clubs, players and fans have collected millions of Euros to support the country’s stretched health system amid the Nobel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
In Thursday, Italy’s death rose to 3,405 due to Covid-19, overtaking China as the highest number of fatalities from the disease in one country.
First-team players and staff at Inter have donated €500,000 (£455,000) while crowdfunding campaigns set up by Roma, Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina have each raised more than €420,000.
The largest contributions came from two of the biggest names in the country. The former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, owner of third-tier Monza and former president of Milan, made a €10m donation to the Lombardy region on Tuesday to help build a 400-bed intensive care unit.
Individuals have also been at the forefront of the fundraising charge. Milan’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Launches a “Kick The Virus Away” campaign, putting in the first €100,000, and his fund has passed the €250,000 mark.
Others, including the SPAL striker Andrea Petagna, Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne, Torino forward Simone Zaza and Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi, have raised or donated more than €430,000 between them.
The former Ra and Italy forward Francesco Totti also weighed in, donating 15 machines for monitoring vital signs to a hospital in Rome.
The Agnelli family, owners of Juventus and the Fiat Chrysler Group, matched the sum to support the national health service, while Juve announced that the family holding company Exor is in the process of buying 150 artificial respirators for Italian hospitals.