Morata raises money for quake relief

Chelsea and Spain striker Álvaro Morata is the latest footballer to auction off a signed shirt in aid of the victims of the earthquake which devastated parts of Mexico last month.

A number of players have pledged their support to the ‘Futbol con Mexico’ (Football for Mexico) appeal, such as Club America’s William da Silva, Cruz Azul’s Gabriel Penalba, Chivas’ Jesus Sanchez and Mexico women’s national team forward Charlyn Corral.

Morata accepted a ‘challenge’ from Sevilla’s Pablo Sarabia to donate a signed Chelsea shirt to the appeal and the 24-year-old has subsequently challenged Real Madrid stars Isco, Marco Asensio and Kiko Casilla to follow suit.

New York City FC striker David Villa has also pledged a pair of signed boots and all money raised from the auctions will go to either the Red Cross or the Fundacion Carlos Slim.

September’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake claimed over 360 lives and left many more Mexican people homeless. The Mexican national team’s World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago in San Luis Potosí on Friday is expected to be an emotional affair, especially as it will be the first time many European-based players have been able to return home since the earthquake.

If you would like to know more about the ‘Futbol con Mexico’ iniative, you can follow on Twitter @FutbolConMexico.

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