Lionel Messi donates $85,000 awarded to him by a court to charity

Lionel Messi donates $85,000 awarded to him by a court to charity

- Lionel Messi has reportedlty donated £65,000 to Doctors Without Borders

- La Pulga was awarded the money by a court after winning a defamation case

- Argentinean newspaper La Razón published an opinion piece against Messi

- He was alleged to have used performance-enhancing drug in the 2014 World Cup final

Lionel Messi has donated almost £65,000 to Doctors Without Borders awarded to him by a court over a defamation case against Argentinean newspaper La Razón.

The Barcelona attacker won a defamation case against the paper after an opinion piece it published was deemed to have been to vigorous.

Journalist Alfonso Ussia claimed Messi wore a toupee and used performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone when captain of Argentina's World Cup final-losing side in 2014.

Lionel Messi donates N30.6m to Doctors Without Borders

Lionel Messi has won his case in court. Photo: ESPNfc

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Messi was also heavily criticised for winning the tournament's best player award after his side was defeated 1-0 by Germany in Brazil.

The opinion piece was judged to have been "unnecessary and impertinent for the exposition of the ideas or opinions that the journalist attempts to transmit in the article" in a court case last year.

Lionel Messi donates N30.6m to Doctors Without Borders

Lionel Messi gets consoled after Argentina lose the 2014 World Cup final. Photo: The Mirror

The ruling said the article included comments that "are objectively insulting and offensive despite the dimension of the player's public image and the pluralism, tolerance and open spirit which should reign in a modern society".

Mundo Deportivo report that the court imposed £64,690 (N30.6m) on the journalist, paper and editor will be donated to Médecins sans Frontières.

Messi is fulfilling the promise to the charity made when the initial ruling was put down.

The charity, known in English as Doctors Without Borders, confirmed the donation by Messi has been made.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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