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A Glance at Mesut Ozil’s Touching Gesture on His Wedding Day in Turkey

A wedding day is usually all about the bride and groom – but Mesut Ozil has ensured that isn’t the case for his big occasion.

The Arsenal midfielder tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Amine Gulse, the former Miss Turkey, on Friday

Ahead of the ceremony at the Hotel Four Seasons Bosphorus in Istanbul, Ozil revealed his touching gesture that will see him pay for 1,000 children to have life-changing surgery.

The 30-year-old has also asked friends and family attending his wedding to follow his lead and, rather than donate traditional gifts, he’d like them to donate to the charity close to his heart.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was present as Ozil tied the knot with Amine Gulse [Photo: Courtesy]

BigShoe, a charity Ozil has supported for well over five years, funds operations for children in developing countries who suffer from burns, club feet and cleft lip and palate.

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He wrote on social media: “Many fans have asked me, my close relatives and friends about our wishes for our wedding.

“As a professional footballer I am in a fortunate and privileged position. However, I invite everyone who is willing and able to help to support a very special project close to both of our hearts that we will undertake with Big Shoe.

“Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1000 children in need.

BigShoe works alongside German and Swiss Doctors [Photo: Courtesy]

“I’d be happy if in addition, many more treatments all over the world can be fulfilled.

“I have really taken the team at BigShoe and the passion they treat their young patients with to my heart.

“BigShoe works alongside German and Swiss Doctors to help children all around the world by providing life changing surgeries.

“We have already worked together for surgeries in Brazil (World Cup 2014), in Africa (2016) and in Russia (2018). Now we want to go the next step and help children worldwide.”

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