German soccer player Mesut Ozil donated his 300,000 Euro World Cup victory bonus to pay surgeries for 23 children in Brazil.
Germany's Mesut Ozil is not just a World Cup champion, not anymore after his kind gesture towards 23 sick children in Brazil by paying for their surgery to thank the nation for its warm hospitality.
He had already sponsored the surgeries of 11 kids ahead of the tournament. Still, after receiving a hefty amount of bonus following Germany's title-winning campaign in Brazil, the Arsenal playmaker has decided to pay for the surgeries of 12 more kids, thus helping a total of 23 children in partnership with Big Shoe.
The Arsenal midfielder originally paid for 11 before the tournament in Brazil started but decided to up the tally to 23 about the number of players that formed winners in Germany's squad.
Ozil said: 'Before the World Cup, I supported the surgery of 11 sick children. 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.
The German wore the number 23 shirt during his early Real Madrid days. It was a symbolic number around the Madrid supporters since it was also worn by one of their former Galacticos, David Beckham.
"I love children. They are important to me," said Ozil when asked about the reason for his generous donation. "I want them to thrive, live their own lives, and have a good chance in the future. Many children are shut out of our society, but these we can help improve their living conditions."
It was first rumored that his donations were made to the victims in Gaza. However, his spokesman cleared up the story later, following a confirmation from the player himself.