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Benevolent Ozil: Germany star donates World Cup winnings to Brazilian kids’ surgeries

Jul 16, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

Germany's Mesut Ozil crosses the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) AP

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has used his World Cup winnings to help fund the surgeries of 23 Brazilian children.

News of the Arsenal star’s good deed emerged Wednesday evening following a week of misinformation concerning where Ozil directed his winnings.

Originally, a rumor claimed that Ozil had sent his earnings to Gaza. This was then reported and re-reported through various Arabic language outlets before eventually emerging in English publications where it was found to be false.

Earlier today the story grew so large that Ozil’s representatives were forced to issue a public denial, wherein the player’s benevolent actions were clarified. Roland Eitel told the AP:

“The claim that Mesut donated money to Gaza is not true. Maybe in the future, who knows? He donated money to causes in Brazil and he is now on holiday.”

Since then, Ozil has taken to Facebook to update his profile and explain that before the tournament he “supported the surgery” of 11 children in Brazil but that since Germany’s success he has increased that number to 23.

From all of us here at Pro Soccer Talk — Mesut Ozil, we salute you!

  1. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM


  2. nodindenver - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong but, didn’t I hear about US NHL players trashing the rooms of the place that they were staying at for the Olympics 8 years ago? Go for you Mesut! #the beautiful game

    • granadafan - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      What does the hockey story have to do with Ozil? Gratuitious US bashing?

  3. kicksave1980 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Nodindenver- that was at Nagano in 1998…and has nothing to do with this story at all. None of those guys are even in the league anymore, let alone on the national team.

  4. Brian Glanz - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    The ruthless Germans indeed. They’re like machines! Well done.

  5. volvojack76 - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Well done!

  6. twerkslikeMiley - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    What a truly awesome group of guys.

  7. patriotsdefense - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Good man

  8. thfc54 - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Although he plays for Arsenal, I do applaud this most generous gesture…the only time I will say this, “good on you mate”!!

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