Arsenal fans may sometimes criticise Mesut Ozil for not putting enough heart into his performances for the Gunners, but his generosity and hard work off the pitch have been recognised at the Laureus Sports Awards.
The 26-year-old was given the award after using some of his 2014 World Cup bonus to fund operations on 23 seriously ill Brazilian children.
‘We had the idea to help 23 children, because we had 23 players in the [Germany World Cup] squad,’ he said.
‘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.
‘This award will get a very special place at my home.’
The German also promised that the award only marked the beginning of his efforts to help disaffected children all over the world.
‘Thank you for this Laureus award,’ he said.
‘I promise that this will be the beginning of further projects for disadvantaged children.’
What a nice guy