Antonio Rüdiger has donated all his expected World Cup earnings to help 11 children to undergo surgery in Sierra Leone, the country where his mother is from.
Antonio Rudiger donated through BigShoe a non-profit organization and a worldwide growing network of sports stars and fans, helping children from disadvantaged communities to gain access to life-changing services.
The 11 children who have a rare physical condition will safely undergo surgery hoping for a better life.
In his post on Facebook, Antonio Rudiger pray for the kids to have a better life after the surgery and he thanked the doctors for their relentless effort.
Rüdiger began his career at VfB Stuttgart, representing their reserves in 3. Liga and the first team in the Bundesliga. In 2015 he joined Roma, initially on loan and a year later for a €9 million fee. He was signed by Chelsea in 2017 for an estimated £27 million, where he won the FA Cup in his first season, followed by the UEFA Europa League in his second season, and the UEFA Champions League in 2021. In 2022, Rüdiger signed for European champions Real Madrid.
He made his international debut for Germany in May 2014. He was forced to miss UEFA Euro 2016 due to an injury suffered earlier in the season but he was part of the squad that won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He kept his spot in the squad for the 2018 World Cup, and later also took part at UEFA Euro 2020.