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Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Özil to donate World Cup prize money to sick Brazilian children

Özil celebrates with the trophy at the Maracanã
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Germany's World Cup campaign was thoroughly successful both on and off the pitch. Aside from lifting the trophy for the fourth time in their history, the Europeans executed a ruthless charm offensive by mixing with the locals and posting messages in Portuguese on social networks.

For Mesut Özil, the goodwill is not over. He said in a Facebook post is to 'support the surgery' of 23 children in Brazil following his country's triumph in the tournament as a "thank you to the hospitality of the people of Brazil".

Özil received £237,000 bonus for helping Germany win the World Cup final and the £118,000 for the team's semi-final win.

The Jordanian football journalist Waleed Abu Nada also reported that the Algeria World Cup team will donate their entire World Cup prize fund to Gaza whilst Greece's national team rejected their World Cup bonuses, instead asking for the money to be used to build a new national training centre.


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