Mesut Özil pays for 23 sick Brazilian children to have surgery | inside World Soccer

Germany midfielder Mesut Özil has announced that he will sponsor the surgeries of 23 sick children in Brazil to thank the Brazilian people for their hospitality during the World Cup.

Prior to the tournament, Özil pledged to pay for the surgery of 11 Brazilian children as part of the BigShoe charity campaign, a German initiative which raises money to operate on children in need around the globe.

A generous gesture by itself, now his pledge has more than doubled in size since winning the coveted World Cup.

Instead of sponsoring 11 surgeries, the Arsenal star will pay for operations for 23 kids in reference to the number of players that formed winners Germany's squad.

The 25-year-old explained the contribution on his Facebook page.

Each player on the German team is expected to receive a bonus of €300,000 for winning the country's fourth World Cup title.

Earlier reports suggested that Özil had donated money to the children of Gaza in the wake of the recent conflict in the Middle East, but his representative has since denied the story.

Özil's agent Roland Eitel told the International Business Times: "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."


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