Mesut Ozil to Donate World Cup Winnings so 23 Sick Children Can Have Surgery in Brazil

| by Lina Batarags

Germany has already demonstrated that its team is full of skilled, formidable soccer players.

Now, one of the team’s players is showing how much good he can do off the field, too: Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup winnings to pay for 23 sick children in Brazil to have surgery.

Ozil has expressed that the gesture is a “personal thank you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.”

“Prior to the World Cup, I supported the surgery of 11 sick children,” the 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder said.

“Since the victory in the World Cup is not only due to 11 players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23.”

Each Germany player received £240,000 for their 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Ozil’s generous move is a part of the BigShoe project, whose “goal is to help children.” The project began at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where money was collected for a child who required surgery.

The project also carried through to the 2010 World Cup in Africa.

Germany’s win in Brazil came down to substitute Mario Gotze’s goal in the 113th minute.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Guardian

Photo Sources: Daily Mail