Antonio Rüdiger To Donate All His World Cup Salary To Fund Surgeries For Children In Sierra Leone.

Antonio Rudiger will donate all of his expected World Cup earnings to finance the operations of 11 children in Sierra Leone the (the country of his mother), born with congenital foot defects, or inborn club foot. 

The Real Madrid defender who is part of Germany's squad going to Qatar, has recently spoken about the tricky upbringing he had in Berlin as a child, and has now shown an admirable act of kindness as he prepares to feature at the forthcoming World Cup.

He is reportedly set to back up his foundation with all of the money he would have made from the World Cup.

Rüdiger had travelled to the country in January this year and has laid the groundwork for the Antonio Rudiger Foundation for Sierra Leone to open next year, with which he intends to be even more active in helping the country where his mother Lily was born.

He has a charity in Lunsar, where they suffer mainly from congenital club feet, and the surgery is expensive in West Africa.

This issue greatly affects the children's lives, and Not only are patients forced to rely on crutches for the rest of their lives if untreated, but they also become socially isolated, suffer bullying at school and have little chance of getting a job and leading a normal life afterwards.

In cooperation with the German aid organisation BigShoe, the former Chelsea defender has financed a series of extremely complex, expensive and, most importantly, life-changing treatments for the children.

“It hurts to see the circumstances in which Sierra Leonean children grow up. During surgery, the misalignment is corrected before patients can finally walk and participate in social life, after several months of follow-up treatment”... He told Marca.

"I have been given opportunities in Germany that many people in Sierra Leone are denied.

"I am grateful for these opportunities and I greatly appreciate the privileged situation I am in.

"Helping here is a matter of honor for me. I would like to implement many more projects in Sierra Leone with my family in the future."

Aside from operations, the Real Madrid player sent a multitude of shirts to Sierra Leone to cheer up the children after their often extremely painful surgeries.

Rudiger, is not only helping in Sierra Leone. In Germany, he is involved in a great deal of social work, and in London he was a regular at children's hospitals, where he had to say some emotional farewells when he decided to swap Chelsea for Real Madrid

The 29-year-old will represent Germany at the tournament after continuing his fine form at Chelsea to his new challenge at Real Madrid. He joined the reigning European champions in the summer ending his five years stay in London.

He won the Champions League trophy wth the Blues, as well as three FA Cups, a Europa League, League Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup.

He was previously named in the Germany squad for both the Euro 2020 and 2018 World Cup, after missing Euro 2016 through injury. In 2017, he won the FIFA Confederations Cup with his national team.

Germany begins their quest for the World Cup against Japan on November 23. They will also face Spain and Costa Rica in Group E.

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