Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez make surprise visit to hospitalized son of former opponent


When the holidays arrive, Barcelona players, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez do their part to spread some cheer to youngsters in local hospitals. Their visit on Tuesday incorporated a startling association with their work on the field.

Former Spain international Joan Capdevila’s son was in the hospital, and while Capdevilla’s infant was excessively young, making it impossible to perceive the players, the current FC Santa Coloma left back said the visit was exceptional for him.

“It was a great joy to see them both,” Capdevilla told Cadena Ser radio. “It was strange to see them in a hospital and not on the pitch.

“It was a wonderful surprise and they even joked and said: ‘Not you again, what a nightmare!’ Leo and Luis have been wonderful with the children, they had big smiles and you can only be grateful.”

Messi, Suarez and the Barcelona players were giving out gifts to children at Hospital de Nens before the Spanish holiday of Epiphany on Jan. 6, which is when youngsters get their presents. Clinic de Nens is the place Capdevila’s most young child is being dealt with for a spine infection.

Capdevila, who has played for Deportivo, Villarreal, and Espanyol, said following quite a while of making visits like Messi and Suarez did, his experience with his son put it into perspective.

“For many years, I went to hospitals to see children and now other players come and see my boy,” he said. “It really helps. The time they dedicate to these children is so important. It’s great for the children.”

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