Argentina Donate Their Runner-Up World Cup Prize Money to Argentine Hospital

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJuly 16, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrate victory over the Netherlands in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Argentina may have fallen in the World Cup final to Germany, but they put their loss to good, noble use. 

According to Argentine paper El Dia (h/t 101 Great Goals), the players donated $135,000 to Garrahan, a pediatric hospital in Buenos Aires. 

The donation was made at the urging of Javier Mascherano and captain Lionel Messi through the latter's foundation, as he had previously donated to the hospital. 

The added funds will be used to construct the Center for Integrative Cancer Patient Care, according to the hospital's website

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