The goalkeeper’s home state was rocked by the COVID-19 outbreak and he’s done his part to assist in the struggle against the illness.
Community of Madrid president Isabel Diaz Ayuso has thanked David de Gea for his help in fighting the coronavirus pandemic amid reports that the Manchester United goalkeeper anonymously donated $300,000 to the cause.
Spain has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, with recent reports putting the number of confirmed cases around the 58,000 mark, while over 4,000 people in the country have lost their lives to the mortal illness.
With the soccer world doing what it can to assist in the fight, De Gea, who had been born and raised in the municipality of Illescas, just south of the Spanish capital, was revealed the gratitude of Ayuzo for his participation via social networking.
“Thank you, @D_DeGea!” She composed of Twitter. “The terrific help you’ve provided to @comunidadmadrid, it’ll be crucial to combat COVID-19. Eternally grateful, proud of you.”
Elsewhere in the capital, Real Madrid announced on Thursday their intention to turn the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to a hub for medical resources and both physical and financial donations.
A statement published on Thursday read: “Real Madrid has launched a project to provide and distribute strategic medical supplies to be utilized in the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a consequence, the Santiago Bernabeu will provide a place that’s equipped to keep the donations of medical supplies required in the fight against this pandemic.
“Additionally, Real Madrid will offer a facility for businesses and organisations to make money or material donations that they want to make to the Ministry of Health.”
Other high-profile titles to have made sizeable contributions to coronavirus charities comprise Lionel Messi, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has been doing his part too, helping to distribute food to people in need in London.
Football clubs themselves have also been feeling the effects of the pandemic, with various sides having asked their players to waive at least a portion of their wages as teams work to make sure their financial security in the months to come.
Truly, Union Berlin’s full squad and backroom staff have given up their salary in the short term, while fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach have done exactly the same.