Lionel Messi’s restaurant in Argentina gives out free meals to help the homeless as country battles cold snap

Lionel Messi has been accused of ‘not caring’ when playing for Argentina but that can’t be said off-the-pitch following this act of kindness.

The country is currently being hit with a cold snap – providing extra problems for the homeless who are suffering and in need of food.

As of last Thursday, five deaths had been linked to the cold weather – according to local media.

There are concerns about rising numbers of people sleeping on the streets in Argentina due to an economic recession.

And Messi has tried to help the situation in his native Rosario by offering homeless people free food and drink from his family restaurant during the evenings.

The restaurant, named VIP, has been offering warm meals since Friday and intends to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

‘We’ve also been giving out coffee, soft drinks and even some wine to some,’ restaurant manager Ariel Almada was quoted as saying by Marca.

‘Many people came and were very respectful.

‘We’re going to keep this up for 15 days, every night between 7pm and 9pm.’

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