Sarajevo (Bosnia): FC Barcelona's Argentine superstar Lionel Messi sent a signed jersey to be auctioned for providing aid to a Bosnian hospital.
The jersey will be put under the hammer for the pediatrics department of a hospital in the central Bosnian town of Travnik, reports Efe.
Bosnian humanitarian activist Jasmina Fajkic said on Friday the funds to be raised in the auction through the sale of shirts of several sportsmen will be allocated to purchase new medical equipment for the department.
Fajkic was able to contact Messi through Catalan humanitarian activists, and said that Messi, upon hearing that it was for children, immediately offered support and sent a signed shirt.
The auction, which began on December 21 and closes on January 5, also includes the signed shirts of Croatian Real Madrid player Mateo Kovacic and Bosnians Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko of AS Roma.