Prior to the World Cup, Germany midfielder Mesut
Ozil promised to sponsor the surgeries of 11 Brazilian
children in need as part of the BigShoe charity
campaign. But now that Germany has won the World
Cup, Ozil has announced that he will sponsor the
surgeries of 23 children — one for every member of
the German squad — to show his thanks for the host
nation’s hospitality throughout the tournament.
The day after arriving back in Berlin with the World
Cup trophy, Ozil declared his intentions via his
Facebook page. He wrote:
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.
Each player on the German team is expected to
receive a bonus of €300,000 (N65.7m) for winning the
country’s fourth World Cup title. So it seems Ozil, who
became the most expensive German player of all time
when he moved from Real Madrid to Arsenal last
summer, will be reinvesting at least some of his prize
money into the country that hosted one of the greatest
moments of his life. It also might help make up for the
fact that Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals.
Mesut Ozil: A true champion on and off the pitch.