When news broke out that Arsenal’s German World Cup star Mesut Ozil was donating his winnings from the World Cup to the crisis in Gaza. A lot of reaction as expected followed suit with many fans lashing out harsh words at the club record signing.
However this was due to rumours spread by some media outlet’s who confused the players intention/donations, misinterpreting the 25-year-old.
The donations which was meant to be a personal secret to Ozil’s cause to saving lives now had to be revealed to the general public in other to thrash the rumours which was already going viral.
Ozil has declared that he is donating his World Cup winnings to good causes in Brazil. The funds, said to be worth £350,000 were donated to sick Brazilian children in appreciation to the host country’s hospitality.
The former Real Madrid player who helped Germany win a fourth world crown in Brazil, had paid for the surgery of eleven sick children in Brazil ahead of the tournament, in conjunction with the charity Big Shoe.
But now, on his Facebook page, Ozil has revealed that as a “personal thank-you” to the people of Brazil for their hospitality during the last month, he will raise that number to 23 – to mark the number of players in the German squad.
“Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children [in Brazil]. 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,” said Ozil, via Facebook.
The Gunners star’s decision to publicly announce what he was doing came following the rumours that had earlier declared he would be donating his World Cup winnings towards the crisis in Gaza.
“The claim that Mesut donated money to Gaza is not true,” said the midfielder’s representative Roland Eitel.
“Maybe in the future, who knows? He donated money to causes in Brazil and he is now on holiday.”