Spain's top athletes and musicians have raised more than 625,000 euros ($690,000) as they took part in an online global music festival for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides the funds raised, more 1 million masks were also donated by the league sponsor Santander.
Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal, Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos were among those who participated in the charity event organized to raise funds which will be used for the purchase of medical supplies and to support fans confined to their homes.
Among the artists who took part in the festival were singers Aitana, Alejandro Sanz, Beret and Luis Fonsi, actress Danna Paola, music bands Morat and Taburete, and Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Nadal commented, “We are concerned with the disasters that we are seeing every day on TV.
We are trying to adapt to this, everything is new. The reality is that we have to adapt. It takes time”. According to AP Sports, Barcelona captain Piqué commented, "It's a very difficult situation, and for the league to be able to do something like this, it makes players, clubs and fans very proud.
It’s nice to see that when people need us, we can unite. I'm proud to be part of something like this,” Pique added. “It will be difficult, we will have to go through some difficult moments. People close to us will suffer, some of us will suffer first-hand, but together we have to overcome this, and I believe that together we are invincible.
This is something unique, with every league fan around the world, and anybody else, really, being able to contribute with their grain of sand. I'm happy to be able to participate in an initiative like this”. The event was shown live to 180 countries through the league's international broadcasters and streamed via YouTube and Facebook.
Soccer players from several first-division clubs in Spain took part in the event as well as other athletes from Spain including swimmer Mireia Belmonte and badminton star Carolina Marín. Spain is one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.