Xavi donates yacht to aid refugees



Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has donated his personal yacht to charity in a bid to aid refugees travelling across the Mediterranean Sea.

The Spaniard, who currently plays for Al Sadd in Qatar, handed over his vessel to Proactiva Open Arms (POA), which will be auctioned off to raise funds to help the non-government charity organisation continue its rescue work.

The POA works along the Greek coast in Lesbos, covering 17 kilometres by land and sea as the organisation assists those seeking refuge across the Mediterranean.

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“The football player Xavi Hernandez collaborates with Proactiva Open Arms with the donation of a recreational craft to be auctioned in the near future,” the charity said via its social media channels.

“He was introduced to our work a while ago and decided to donate his yacht to obtain more resources in order to ensure the permanence of the mission.

“Thank you, Xavi, gestures like yours will save many lives.”

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The former Spain international made over 500 appearances in 17 years with Barcelona’s senior team, having emerged from the youth setup. He won eight LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues, among 13 other pieces of silverware.

The 36-year-old also helped Spain to victory at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

This article initially appeared on Goal.com

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