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Ozil Shows Compassion To Homeless Indonesian Fan And 11-Year-Old Boy With Brain Tumour

“Ya Gunners Ya!” is Mesut Ozil’s famous line expressing his joy after a win. But the occasion could not have been more special after beating Sunderland in the recent match as he made two children’s wishes come true.

First, the renowned giver, praised an Indonesian boy named Dhani, for realising his dream of becoming a footballer through the Arsenal Foundation in their football programme called ‘Save the Children’.

Dhani was found by Arsenal legend Ray Parlour during his visit to Jakarta recently. He is a school dropout and lives on a bench at the edge of a rubbish dump. His father is blind so he had to support his family.

Ozil highlighted Dhani’s story on his social media pages showing his compassion, while thanking the foundation.

“Dhani has a safe place to play and football is helping to build his confidence. Football can truly help improve children’s lives all over the world,” he wrote.

He shared a photo of the boy clad in a number 11 jersey with 'Ozil' inscribed at the back.

But fans thanked the midfielder instead for his kindness in helping children around the world.

“Thank you #arsenalfoundation and Mesut Ozil you such a wonderful person humanatarian… We love you so much and all the works you're doing to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged,” user Ade Rastafara said.

Said Mulkan Adhim wrote, “You are caring for everyone including children, I am very proud to have of you as my idol, I am amazed with this thank you Mesut Ozil.”

“That's one of the reasons I love you.And never stop…,” commented Trinh Sagi.

But as if that was not enough for fans to feel grateful for his sense of empathy, the German star whose fate is uncertain with the football club just had to make more Gunners’ fans hearts melt.

Ozil hosted an 11-year-old boy Charlie, his young fan, who is suffering from a brain tumour, in Emirates Stadium during Tuesday's match.

He walked out of the tunnel holding hands with Charlie, and gave his family seats in his private box.

After the match, the family were given a tour in the stadium, and Ozil presented Charlie with his “Man of the Match” trophy given to him by Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old was clearly elated by Charlie’s presence as he tweeted: “Well deserved home win. What a luck we could make a young lad happy tonight,” posting a picture of Charlie and him walking together hand in hand.

The My Shining Star UK foundation that made Charlie's dream possible were truly thankful for the footballer's VIP treatment saying, “Thank you so much to Arsenal and to Mesut Ozil and his amazing agent for giving Charlie, a little boy with a brain tumour, the VIP treatment he deserves.

“One very emotional mum has told me that Mesut even gave Charlie his man of the match trophy tonight. My heart is pounding, so emotional for Charlie and Jo, his lovely mum. Charlie got his dream.“

If only we could take a piece of Ozil’s kindness and plant it in everyone – the world would surely be a better place.

 

-mD