Achraf Hakimi and the Entire Morrocco Team Donates Blood to Victims of 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake
Following the horrific earthquake that killed at least 2,000 people in the southwest of the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Hakimi and his Morrocan teammates came in unison to donate their blood to help the unfortunate victims. Although it is heartbreaking to see poor lives taken in the wake of a natural phenomenon, the kind gestures and support from pop stars, artists and footballers are heart-warming and symbolise the bright side of humans. For example, Hakimi and his teammates banded together and donated blood, while Cristiano Ronaldo offered shelter for those affected by the tragedy. To know more about their kind gestures, continue reading below.
Hakimi Leads Movement as He Donates Blood to Unfortunate Earthquake Victims
After the postponement of their match against Liberia, The Atlas Lions, led by Hakimi, sacrificed additional practice time to give blood to those affected by the earthquake. For example, their social media team captured the moment the squad approached a blood transfusion centre amid loud cheering.
Moreover, their X website reported that Hakimi and his national teammates had donated blood to treat the wounded amidst the messages of sympathy. Furthermore, captain and leader Achraf Hakimi added his voice to those of the victims by saying, “We are going through a difficult time. It is time to help each other save as many lives as possible. My condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one.”
Moroccan forward Walid Cheddira followed in Hakimi’s footsteps as he came forward and said: “My heart breaks for my country. Living in this moment is not easy for everyone. Our thoughts are with all the victims and injured. May Allah bless them.”
Morocco Squad Donates World Cup Earnings to Charity
However, this is not the first time the Morocco squad has offered a hand in helping their country. For example, if you cast your mind back to the FIFA World Cup last year, the Morocco players pledged to donate their earnings to charity. Players such as Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi led the movement as they hoped to help poor children and families in Morocco.
To put into perspective, after their historic run in the World Cup, the Moroccan team earned a guaranteed prize money of $2.5 million for qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and $22 million from the prize money of $440 million in 2022. Their kind gestures just show how deeply they respect their country’s culture of patriotism and love for their family.
For example, who can forget the heartwarming scene of Hakimi celebrating with his mother after scoring the decisive penalty against Spain in the Round of 16?
Cristiano Ronaldo Offers His Hotel for Victims
Speaking about magnanimous, Cristiano Ronaldo has shown his compassion by doing a noble deed for the African nation that knocked him out of the FIFA World Cup. For example, he kindly opened his Hotel Pestana CR7 to house people who need it and posted a heartwarming message on his Instagram.
Within the message with a Morocco flag, he consoled: ” My deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who have lost their lives in the earthquake in Morocco. Sending love and prayers to all in Morocco at this very difficult time.”
Moreover, this is not the only that the Portugese legend has come forward to help victims struck by deadly natural disasters. For example, he previously sent a plane full of invaluable resources to the Turkey-Syria people when a severe earthquake took place.
Where to Watch the Saudi Pro League?
If Ronaldo is not contributing off the pitch, he is contributing trophies and goals on the field with his team, Al-Nassr FC. With the massive increase in players in the Saudi Pro League, Ronaldo and Neymar could not resist a dig at the MLS and French league.
For example, Neymar replied: “I can assure you that football in Saudi Arabia is the same as there. The ball is round, and we have goalposts. With the names that have moved to Saudi Arabia, I would not be surprised if the Saudi Pro League is better than the French Ligue 1.”