Real Madrid and PSG have joined Morocco internationals Sofyan Amrabat and Hakim Ziyech in sending messages of support to the victims of the Morocco earthquake.
Morocco suffered a magnitude 7.2 earthquake south of Marrakesh on Friday night, the biggest earthquake in the country for over 120 years.
It has killed at least 1,037 people and leaving more than 1,200 injured, 721 criticially, with horrific footage shared on social media showing a massive cloud of dust rising in the south of the city.
In the wake of the destruction tributes and prayers from around the world have followed, with high-profile sporting names among those to have updated their social media pages to reference the earthquake.
Manchester United new boy Amrabat and on-loan Galatasaray winger Ziyech, both part of Morocco’s excellent run to finish fourth in the Qatar World Cup, posted messages on their Instagram accounts.
Amrabat shared a message saying ‘Pray for Morocco’, while Ziyech opted to post his countries flag on his story.
The players were joined by European clubs PSG and Real Madrid, with the former posting on X: ‘The entire Paris Saint-Germain family is with our Moroccan friends in the wake of the terrible earthquake.
‘We send our condolences to those who have lost their loved ones, our thoughts are with you.’
Madrid released an official statement that read: ‘Real Madrid C.F., its president and Board of Directors express their deepest concern and solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in Morocco in recent hours.
‘Our club extends its condolences to the families of the deceased and all the Moroccan people.
‘Likewise, we wish the injured a speedy recovery and we transmit all of our strength and affection.’
The earthquake struck Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and caused tremors as far away as Portugal on friday night.
It has wiped out entire families as witnesses describe hearing ‘unbearable screaming and crying’ and seeing distraught relatives frantically search with their bare hands for buried loved ones.
British tourists stuck in Marrakech have told MailOnline how they escaped the ‘terrifying’ tremor, and described taking cover under tables and sleeping on the floor outside their hotels.
Most damage occurred outside of cities and towns, and the United States Geological Survey warned that the death toll was likely to rise significantly, because rural buildings were not built to sustain such earthquakes.
Those in the city posted videos showing buildings reduced to rubble and dust, and parts of the famous red walls that surround the old city in Marrakesh damaged.
The British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has advised tourists to follow local media and safety instructions from local authorities, adding that anyone in the UK concerned about a loved one abroad can call the office on 020 7008 5000.
The Foreign Office updated its advice to Britons in the country, telling them to ‘follow local media and safety instructions from local authorities’.