Arsenal star Mesut Ozil often receives bad press for his languid playing style, but the German is a known philanthropist and his latest actions have seen him pay for the operations of 11 Brazilian children, the Daily Mail reports.
This is the second time Ozil has carried out charity work in Brazil after he previously paid for the operations of 23 children following Germany’s triumph in 2014.
In November, the playmaker was handed the Laureus award for his charity work alongside our legendary goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, as the Daily Mail tells us.
The 26-year-old spoke then of his desire to continue his work in Brazil.
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“Even one year after we won the World Cup, I want to continue to leave a positive mark in Brazil by financing 11 more children’s operations,” Ozil promised.
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Our creative force has delivered on his goal and is slowly altering the public perception of him in the media, both on and off the pitch.
Ozil travels with the squad to Singapore this week as we compete in the Barclays Asia Trophy, in what will be his first pre-season with us since arriving in 2013.