Mesut Özil didn’t just win the World Cup, he won the hearts of people all around the world! The German professional soccer player is using his winnings to fund 23 Brazilian children’s surgeries. Amazing! Read on for the details.
Mesut Özil, 25, wanted to give a “personal thank you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil,” in the biggest way possible, by paying for 23 sick Brazilian children’s medical bills. The champion midfielder made the announcement on his Facebook on July 16.
Mesut Özil Donates To Charity His World Cup Winnings To 23 Children In Need Of Surgery
Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time in the World Cup final in Rio, finishing off the monthlong tournament hosted by Brazil. But, what one player did after the big win is something worth celebrating!
Mesut Özil posted his heartfelt message thanking Brazil for their hospitality on his Facebook page on July 16 and announced he will be donating his winnings to children in need of medical attention in Brazil. Originally the champion was set to pay for 11, but increased the number to 23 to coordinate with the amount of teammates he has.
Here’s what Mesut had to say on his personal page:
“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.”
Wow, he truly is a hero!
Mesut Özil: ‘I Love Children; They Are Important To Me’
The German players reportedly received bonuses of $600,000 and Mesut knew that that amount of money could go a long way. His 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.
In a YouTube video posted in May for the charity, Mesut announced his intentions to join the campaign. “I love children; they are important to me, and I want them to thrive,” he said.
Germany should not only be proud to be the winning team, but proud to have a generous charitable athlete!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers, should other soccer players join in on the cause? Let us know!
— Brittany King