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Mesut Ozil Used His World Cup Money to Pay for 23 Surgeries for Brazilian Kids

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJanuary 11, 2017

While widespread reports that Mesut Ozil donated his €300,000 prize for winning the World Cup to the people of Gaza proved to be untrue, he did put forth his cash toward a noble cause. 

After paying for the surgeries of 11 children in Brazil before the World Cup, after Germany triumphed he announced that he'd pay for the surgeries of 23 sick children in Brazil—one for each member of Germany's 23-man squad.

Classy move. 

Update: November 13

Ozil has been presented with Laureus Sports Award, for his amazing donation in Brazil. 

#SekilasBolanet Gemar lakukan aksi sosial kemanusiaan, Ozil diganjar penghargaan Laureus Sports Award. Respect!

— Bola (@Bolanet) November 13, 2014

Ozil said at the awards, a per the Metro

We had the idea to help 23 children, because we had 23 players in the [Germany World Cup] squad.

And they underwent surgery, which was successful. I am very thankful. The doctors did a great job. I am very happy because it goes well for the children.

This award will get a very special place at my home.

[Mesut Ozil, International Business Times]

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