Football superstars donate their World Cup prize money

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The FIFA World Cup may be over for Germany and Argentina, but players on both teams are putting their cash winnings by donating them to charities and similar projects.

Take for example of Ozil and Messi;

According to sources, 25-year-old German football and Arsenal play maker star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects in Brazil. The hefty sum is reportedly going to fund surgeries for 23 Brazilian children.

Ozil made the announcement official on his Facebook page, where he wrote the following:

“Dear fans, prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. 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. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.”

Argentinian squad lead by four times fifa player of the year champ LioneL Messi has decided to donate nearly $110,000 of their winnings to a hospital in Buenos Aires, specifically its pediatric cancer center. The team as a whole was awarded a total of almost $20 million for coming in second place to Germany.

The notion was apparently suggested by Argentina’s Javier Mascherano, with the final donation going through Lionel Messi’s charity foundation.

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