Arsenal's Mesut Ozil proud to be named German Football Ambassador

Mesut Ozil is 'proud' to be named German Football Ambassador in recognition of the Arsenal star's charity work.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil won a public vote to be named German Football Ambassador, crediting the star for his charity work over the past few years.

Ozil may be known for his creative style of play and love for assisting goal-scorers, but he also appears to be a cheerful human being who understands not everyone is financially secure like world renowned footballers. His charity fundraising efforts outside the game have earned him the role of German Football Ambassador.

The 26-year-old won a public vote to be given the award, which recognises the extensive charity work Ozil has been involved in over the past few years.

It was awarded by the German Foreign Ministry, which acknowledges those who positively represent the country abroad and help develop the sport.

USA national coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Thomas Hitzlsperger were also credited for their efforts, but it was Ozil that picked up the audience award. The Arsenal midfielder told reporters the achievement made him proud.

"In my job, I can really make a difference in a few ways," Ozil told Deutsche Welle, as per the London Evening Standard.

"We are very privileged. People who know me will tell you: my goal is to help kids as much as possible. I like to spend time with them.

"I've already talked to my team of helpers and we are going to use the [prize] money to help young burn victims in Africa. We've already set up a plan of how to do it."

Mesut Ozil's season was plagued with injury but the Germany international still managed to deliver four goals and five assists in 21 Premier League appearances. Arsenal finished third behind Manchester City and champions Chelsea.

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