Mesut Özil might have helped his German team knock Brazil out of the World Cup, beating them in a 7-1 match, but off the field he is showing the country nothing but love.
The German soccer player announced on Wednesday he will be paying for 23 needy childrenss surgeries to show just how much he loved his stay in Brazil before taking home the trophy.
“Dear fans, prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “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.”
Before the championship started, Özil told the world he would be donating to the BigShoe Project, that funds surgeries for children that can’t afford them. Three days after winning the championship and a reported $400,000 in cash bonus for the victory, Özil increased his donation.
Özil’s generosity tops off a slew of charitable givings by the German team. The team had a whole resort area built for its training in the country. It hired Brazilians for the job and after leaving it, the place has been donated to the locals to be turned into a school. In addition, the team also donated ten thousand Euros for the locals to buy an ambulance for their community.
That’s what we call true champions!
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