Ozil Donates World Cup Allowance To enable 23 Kids Have Surgery in BrazilLatest News, News, Sports Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Mesut Özil is not just a World Cup champion after Germany’s victory in Brazil. The Arsenal play maker is also a world-class philanthropist for what he’s doing with his winnings.
Özil, who had already committed to funding surgery for 11 sick children, bumped that number up to 23, he announced on Facebook.
“Dear fans, Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil. #Bigshoe #Brasil2014.”
Each Germany player received £240,000 for beating Argentina 1-0 after 120 minutes in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
That was largely down to super substitute, Mario Gotze, who came on and made the difference with the winning goal in the 113th minute.
Ozil’s generosity is part of the BigShoe project, whose ‘goal is to help children’.
It started at the 2006 World Cup in Germany when money was collected for a child that required surgery, and the project has escalated from there.
The charity were part of the 2010 World Cup in Africa, and the tradition carried to 2014.
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