Football star Mesut Ozil didn't impress many with his contribution to Germany's successful FIFA World Cup campaign last summer. It was more a case that his country won the thing despite him rather than because of him.
Yet, he had added many more to his legion of fans, thanks to a rather generous gesture of donating his entire World Cup bonus (€300,000) to pay for life-saving surgeries of 23 children in Brazil.
And now, his kindhearted donation has earned him even more recognition.
Ozil won a Laureus award on Wednesday night in Berlin for being so thoughtful.
"We had the idea to help 23 children, because we had 23 players in the squad," he said. "And they underwent surgery, which was successful. I am very thankful. The doctors did a great job. I am very happy because it goes well for the children."
Later on, he tweeted a photo of himself with the prestigious award and vowed to do more for the benefit of underprivileged kids.
"Thank you for this Laureus award. I promise this will be the beginning of further projects for disadvantaged children," the playmaker wrote.
Ozil's countryman Franz Beckenbauer agreed with Laureus' decision to recognize his humanitarian effort, saying: "He deserved it. A nice, modest, accomplished young man. A good footballer – and that is not to his detriment."
These are tough times for Ozil on a personal level. He is currently nursing a serious knee injury and is also embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with his father. Moreover, since leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal FC last year, he has struggled vehemently to regain form and fitness.
Perhaps, good karma from generous gestures like this can help him get his mojo back.