Mesut Ozil and Paul Pogba have teamed up to pay for the surgeries of 22 African children in need as part of the BigShoe11 campaign.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) June 23, 2016
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) June 23, 2016
Those in the know will remember that Ozil spent the World Cup bonus he got for being part of Germany’s 2014 championship squad on operations for 23 needy Brazilian children.
Ozil has previously spoken publicly on his charity work:
I want to help people in need but I don’t want people to know I’m doing it.
Usually I don’t like talking about it. I come from a background where you don’t show off the good things you do. It’s modesty.
My aim is helping kids. Kids are the future. I love children. I’m thinking of my own childhood. I know where I’m from. If I wanted something, I couldn’t get it. Life wasn’t easy.
It’s tremendous to see 23-year-old Paul Pogba whet his philanthropic beak as well:
During the Euro, I will pay for 11 surgeries of needy children.
That’s my 11. That’s my favorite team.
Mesut Ozil and Paul Pogba are two consummate ambassadors for the beautiful game. Hats off to you, gents. Keep up the good work.