Germany star Mesut Ozil 'to donate World Cup earnings to children of Gaza'

Germany's midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Cologne, western Germany on October 11, 2013
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Germany star Mesut Ozil will reportedly donate his World Cup winnings worth £350,000 to the children of Gaza.

Germany and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has reportedly decided to donate his World Cup earnings to the children of Gaza amid conflict in the Middle East.

The 25-year-old, who is of Turkish descent and a practising Muslim, has been celebrating in Berlin after Germany secured their fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 win over Argentina in Sunday's final in Brazil.

Reports have claimed that Ozil pocketed a £237,000 bonus for winning the trophy and £118,000 for securing victory over Brazil in the semi-finals.

According to the Middle East Monitor, Ozil is expected to give all of the money that he earned from the tournament to the territory occupied by Israel.

It is believed that Ozil refused to shake hands with a FIFA official in Brazil due to his support for Israel.

Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
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