Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has paid for the surgeries of 23 sick children in Brazil as a "thank you" for the country's hospitality during the World Cup.
There were reports yesterday that the star - who is of Turkish descent and is a practicing Muslim - had donated his World Cup winnings to projects in Gaza.
However, his spokesman told the Associated Press that was not true and Ozil had in fact given money to projects in Brazil.
Before the World Cup, the German squad were reportedly promised a bonus of £240,000 each if they won the tournament.
Ozil reportedly donated his entire bonus to projects in Brazil.
Writing on his official Facebook page, the Premier League star said he had initially funded the surgery of 11 sick children in Brazil but increased it to 23 - one for each member of the winning World Cup squad.
He also recorded a film where he set out his intention to donate to the BigShoe charity in Brazil.
Germany won football's elite competition thanks to an extra-time goal from Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, giving them a 1-0 win over Argentina.