It has emerged that World Cup winning German International Ozil has celebrated his World Cup victory in the best style possible by giving away the money he earned for the win. It is thought he handed over the £237,000 bonus awarded for winning the cup, as well as the £118,000 earned for winning the semi- final too. It was initially rumoured that he donated the money to Gaza (which would have been viable in itself), but his representative denied this asserting he donated it to 11- 24 children in Brazil needing surgery. With this said, it is well worth mentioning the Algerian national team who have ALL donated their World Cup prize fund to Gaza, with Algerian striker Islam Slimani revealing that Algeria will donate their money because ‘they need it more than us’. This is even more admirable considering much of the Algerian team will earn a fraction of what Ozil does. However, Ozil has set the trend and good on him for doing so! Well done sir!
The Guardian, (2014). Mesut Özil donates World Cup money: should more footballers follow suit? Retrieved 17th July, 2014, from http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/17/germany-mesut-ozil-world-cup-money-children-brazil