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Lionel Messi gives blind Arsenal fan £4k glasses in incredible gesture as he heads charity campaign

LIONEL Messi has come to the aid of a visually-impaired young Arsenal fan – by gifting him a pair of high-tech £4,200 glasses.

The charitable Barcelona superstar, 33, has teamed up with Israeli company OrCam to help blind and visually-impaired people around the globe.

OrCam have developed a MyEye device, which can assist people in reading text and identifying faces.

At £4,200, however, the device doesn’t come cheap.

But now each year, Messi will gift a device to young people with inspirational stories.

And some of these kids will even get to meet the Argentine ace.

 

The latest recipient of the life-changing gadget is Arsenal-mad ten-year-old Mikey from Enfield.

The Londoner will now become part of the “OrCam Dream Team”, along with other recipients of the £4,200 device.

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, Messi had already awarded MyEye devices to 12 visually-impaired people.

And the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has spoken of the profound effect that hearing their stories has had on him.

He said: “The emotion was incredible. Meeting with this amazing group of people from around the world was truly a magical and inspiring moment.

“Witnessing each of the members of the “Dream Team” trying out the OrCam MyEye features, it was clear that this would be a life-changing device for each of them.

‘I am proud to be an OrCam Ambassador to truly make a difference for so many.”

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