Mesut Ozil wins Laureus Sport for Good award

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Mesut Ozil was awarded the Laureus Sport for Good award in berlin on Wednesday night for his generous and commendable decision to donate his World Cup winnings to fund operations for 23 seriously ill Brazilian children.

The Arsenal midfielder was given a healthy bonus for winning the World Cup with Germany this year but immediately decided to give it to those in need. Ozil was delighted to hear that all 23 surgeries had been a success and has now been awarded for his generosity.

Now Ozil can focus on recovering from his own affliction, a serious knee injury suffered against Chelsea in October. He is expected to be out for the remainder of 2014 but appeared in good health at the Laureus Sport Award ceremony.

"Thank you for this Laureus award. I promise that this will be the beginning of further projects for disadvantaged children."

Addressing the crowd with his award, Ozil said: "We had the idea to help 23 children, because we had 23 players in the [Germany World Cup] squad.

"And they underwent surgery, which was successful. I am very thankful. The doctors did a great job. I am very happy because it goes well for the children.

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"This award will get a very special place at my home.

"Thank you for this Laureus award. I promise that this will be the beginning of further projects for disadvantaged children."

Turning fortunes

For Ozil, winning the award is the first time he has hit the headlines for the right reasons since winning the World Cup. Despite being statistically Germany's best player in Brazil, he was criticised for his performances.

That apparent poor form carried over into the domestic game with his performances for Arsenal doing little to convince fans he was worth the £42.4 million transfer fee. However, the fact Arsene Wenger was playing him out on the left was seen as a main reason for his lack of impact.

Affair and court battle

He then hit headlines in Germany for an alleged affair with a former team-mates girlfriend, leading to a split from long-term girlfriend Mandy Capristo. That was followed by news that he was forced to pay his own father £493,000 to settle a legal battle.

All-in-all, a bad few months for Ozil, but this award will hopefully raise his spirits as he steps up his return from injury.

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