Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have proven once more that they are not only great on the field, but also off it. Both stars have reached out to express their solidarity with and condolences to Mexico with regards to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico last Tuesday.
On his Twitter account, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself holding an autographed Real Madrid jersey dedicated to Santiago Flores Mora, a six-year-old boy who died when his school collapsed during the quake.
The image was a response to a letter sent to Ronaldo by Santiago’s mother. In that document, she expressed how much admiration the child had for the Portuguese player, whom he considered a major inspiration.
En este momento de dolor, envío a la familia de Santiago y a todas las familias que han perdido sus seres queridos un enorme abrazo. pic.twitter.com/odD28aFPfv— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) 24 de septiembre de 2017
In the image, the Spanish text reads: “In this moment of pain, I send Santiago’s family and all the families that have lost their loved ones a huge hug.”
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has also posted a video on Twitter expressing his solidarity and sending his best wishes to 8-year-old Leonardo Farías, another boy who attended the same school and was trapped in rubble.
Messi sent a message of support to Leo Farias, a kid fighting for his life after the earthquake in Mexico.
pic.twitter.com/sOTUGmioiX— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) 25 de septiembre de 2017
His mother asked that Liga MX and European footballers send their best to her son, saying he is capable of hearing and would be greatly motivated by his idols’ messages.
Among other players having answered the call are the likes of Oribe Peralta, Miguel Layún, Dani Alves and Luis Suárez.