Mesut Ozil has picked up a philanthropy award for the biggest social commitment by a sportman this year at the Laureus Media Prize ceremony on Wednesday.
Ozil, a muslim, who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the Germany national team this summer, payed for 23 Brazilian children to have life-saving surgery and his kind gesture has been recognised and celebrated by the media.
The 26-year-old Arsenal midfielder ruptured ligaments in his left knee during his side’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on October 5 and was ruled out until next year.
Arsenal later confirmed he has made rapid progress in his rehabilitation and could be back to action before the end of the year.
But speaking at the award presentation last night, Ozil confirmed that he will not return to action before the end of 2014 with seven more weeks left for him to fully recover.
“I’ve been out injured for five weeks, and I will miss another seven weeks. That’s a long time, indeed,” Ozil said.
“Sadly, I am ruled out because of my knee. But it is like that in football sometimes. Chin up, and move on.”