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Lionel Messi’s restaurant gives out free food and drink to the homeless in Argentina

A bar and restaurant owned by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi provides free food and drinks to homeless people in his hometown, Rosario.

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Argentina is cold and the weather, along with economic uncertainty, has caused many people to sleep on the streets.

To overcome the crisis, VIP restaurants offer warm food and drinks for those who are desperate.

The restaurant plans to maintain this for more than two weeks, until the situation improves.

“We’ve been giving coffee, soft drinks and even some wine to some,” said restaurant manager Ariel Almada, as reported by Marca .

“Many people came and were very respectful.

“We’re going to keep this up for 15 days, every night between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.”

The restaurant also plans to collect some warm clothes to hand out to those who require them.

Inside the Messi family bar (Image: vip.rosario/Instagram)

Messi is heavily involved in charity work through the Leo Messi foundation.

In February, the foundation donated €200,000 to help fund a water project in conjunction with UNICEF in Kenya.

The money was used to go towards building a water pump and supplying food, meaning that more than 2,000 people had access to running water in their homes and in primary schools.

Messi was recently involved in controversy following Argentina’s defeat to Brazil in the semi-finals of the Copa America.

Lionel Messi reacts after being shown a red card v Brazil (Image: REUTERS)

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