Messi addresses COVID-19 outbreak


With most of the leagues in Europe suspended, FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has shared his thoughts on the COVID-19 virus.

The virus hit the footballing world recently, with players and managers from England, Italy and Germany testing positive this week.

Serie A, LaLiga and Ligue 1 were the first to make suspensions to their seasons before the Premier League and Bundesliga only made the decision on Friday.

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"These are complicated days for the whole world,’ Messi said on his Instagram.

"We are living worried about what is happening and we want to help by putting ourselves in the place of those who are suffering the worst, or because they have been directly effected, or their family and friends, or because they’re working in the front line to fight it in hospitals and health centres.

"I want to send a lot of strength to all of them. Health should always be the important thing. ‘It’s an extraordinary moment and you have to follow the indications from health organisations like the public authority. Only like this can we fight it in an effective way.

"Health should always be the important thing. It’s the moment to be responsible and stay at home, we can also enjoy this time with our family that we don’t always have.

"A hug, and I hope we can turn the situation around as soon as possible. #StayAtHome’