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Footballer Ozil donates World Cup winnings to Gaza

Published on: 16 July 2014
Mesut Ozil

German footballer Mesut Ozil, who plays for Arsenal, reportedly said he is donating his World Cup earnings to the children of Gaza following his country's triumph in the cup.

The German Football Association awarded each of the team's players a €300,000 bonus for winning the cup, in addition to €150,000 following their semi-final win and other rewards for every game.

The star has had much coverage on social networking sites after he started the final against Argentina with a recitation of the Quran on the pitch, and concluded the game prostrating in thanks to God.

Ozil caused controversy after he declined to shake hands with a FIFA official because of his support for Israel.

Muslim Ozil is of Turkish origin.


  • BASHA says:
    July 17, 2014 10:25 am
    May ALLAH bless him. AMI
  • Sean 1 California says:
    July 16, 2014 10:46 pm
    Wow! What a strong Godly man. My respect for u is very huge sir. Israelite of today are not of God but the devil. The original Jews are those supposed to be favored and not this crazy liars wishing to be Jews. How can u be living in someone's land and wanna finally take it away from them all because of jealousy and evil. May the Lord Jesus Bless You Amen
  • DM says:
    July 16, 2014 04:48 pm
    Nope, he donated it to projects in Brazil. His agent publicly denied the Gaza story.
    July 16, 2014 04:56 pm
    ozil u r a tru muslim. May almighty Allah reward u abundantly n protct u for remembring this people. surely they r in need of help. i hope to see more of this kind of sopport
  • Abdul-Azeez says:
    July 16, 2014 05:06 pm
    May Allah be with you. These people need a serious help. Other people are happy watching world cup while these people are there suffering. Never limit this on footballers, let everybody supports these people. Let us leave religion apart. Gaza people need help. They are Human being.
  • eliot says:
    July 16, 2014 05:27 pm
    yes, mate!
  • Rashid Tapha says:
    July 16, 2014 05:52 pm
    Jazakaallah khair,proud of you özil,may Allah guide you to the right path
  • melo ahmed garissa says:
    July 16, 2014 06:52 pm
    May Allah help u mesut as u help uar brothers in gaza ...... fuck u israel.... we have Allah
  • abdi adow suqa holaha garissa says:
    July 16, 2014 06:55 pm
    we love u mesut ......fuck u israel
  • Abdul says:
    July 16, 2014 07:10 pm
    May Almighty ALLAH richly bless you and reward you abundantly in this holy month of Ramadan for remembering the needy.