Barcelona star Lionel Messi posts emotional tribute to Mexico earthquake victims ahead of Champions League clash at Sporting Lisbon

The world class footballer wrote that he was ‘saddened’ at images he had seen on the news, and that he was thinking of all those affected

Lionel Messi is currently training in Portugal ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League clash against Sporting

The Barcelona and Argentina striker posted on Facebook expressing his sadness at how the natural disaster has wrecked so many people’s lives.

Messi wrote: “Saddened by the events that have taken place over the past few weeks, in which many people have suffered the consequences of natural disasters in Mexico, the United States, Puerto Rico, as well as Southern Asia, Sierra Leone and in other places.

“My thoughts and support go out to the families of the victims and all of those who have been affected.”

Messi is not the first professional footballer to show their support for the relief effort in the central American country.

SunSport previously reported how West Ham striker Javier Hernandez set up an initiative called “#YoXMexico” along with countryman Miguel Layun, who plays for Porto.

They are trying to raise funds that will help deliver food and supplies to those most affected by the disaster.

Hernandez said: “Being so far from Mexico and seeing the suffering of our compatriots in the distance has been very painful.

“So, after discussing it, we decided to take the initiative for Mexico and give our people a helping hand.

“We know that many see us as a source of inspiration, but in this case, what has inspired us is to see millions of Mexicans take to the streets and to lend a hand without asking for anything in return.

“We hope, with this initiative, to help those who need it and motivate more people to do it with us.

“Miguel and I are very grateful to have the backing of everyone at West Ham United and all of its supporters at this difficult time for our country.

“It is a fantastic gesture and we hope it can help us raise funds that will make a difference in Mexico.”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero have previously also sent out messages of support for Mexico on social media.

Lionel Messi Sends Emotional Tribute to Those Affected by Mexican Earthquake

Barcelona’s footballing totem Lionel Messi posted an emotional tribute to the thousands affected by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico earlier this month.

Ahead of Barca’s clash with Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, Messi posted a message on Facebook directed at Mexico and the other nations that have been affected by the seemingly never-ending streak of natural disasters that have been causing destruction over the past few weeks.

The message read: “Saddened by the events that have taken place over the past few weeks, in which many people have suffered the consequences of natural disasters in Mexico, the United States, Puerto Rico, as well as Southern Asia, Sierra Leone and in other places.

“My thoughts and support go out to the families of the victims and all of those who have been affected.”

West Ham and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has also offered his support with the relief effort, teaming up with Porto’s Miguel Layun to auction off match-worn shirts to raise money for those affected by the Earthquake.

Official statistics show that 333 people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of the Earthquake and over 5,000 injured. The damage caused by the quake is expected to surpass $2bn as the relief effort continues.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona were eventual winners during their clash with Sporting in the Portuguese capital. They now top group D by three points, with Sporting edging Juventus on goal difference in second. They continued their impeccable start to the season, making it 8 wins in a row, scoring 24 goals and conceding just two along the way.

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