Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and football's altruists: 12 footballers with big, big hearts

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12. Mesut Ozil

Some people go on holiday to South America and come back with a comedy gift. Last summer, Mesut Ozil returned with a World Cup winner's medal and a charity. Having funded vital surgery for 11 Brazilian kids, the Arsenal schemer rounded it up to 23 - one for each member of the World Cup squad, y'see.

And lest this be seen as a short-term gesture made in celebration, let it be noted that he continues to bankroll operations for Brazilian children: in co-operation with aid agency BigShoe, he has underwritten surgery for 11 more children in October and November this year.   

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