- Antonio Rudiger has joined other football stars in sponsoring children's surgeries
- The German-born defender paid tribute to his mother's country in Sierra Leone
- Rudiger joins the likes of Philipp Lahm and Paul Pogba on the project
Chelsea superstar Antonio Rudiger has also joined the league of players engaging in humanitarian projects for the less privileged.
The Blues superstar, who spent about six months on the sidelines, sponsored no fewer than 11 children in Sierra Leone for surgeries.
Some of the kids were treated for deformations, such as cleft lips and palates, while others underwent operations for burn scars.
According to CGTN Africa, the German star was able to fund the medical expenses through the BigShoe project.
The publication further stated that Rudiger's mother hails from Sierra Leone, hence, the defender needed no motivation to pay tribute to his African roots.
He, however, said that he was delighted to have been able to give back to the country.
“Proud of my origins in Sierra Leone…and happy to give something back. Together with the team of BigShoe we could make it possible again to help 11 children in need with surgeries.
"They were suffering from cleft lips, burns, and deformations. Last week I got the message from the medical team that everything went fine – thanks a lot for the amazing support to Dr. Jürgen Arndt and the Interplast team again. And one more time all the best to the kids and their families,” Rudiger wrote on Twitter.
The defender is one of the players to have joined the BigShoe project - a worldwide growing network of football and sports fans, helping poor children with, among other things, life-changing medical operations.
Other notable footballers to be part of the project are German Philipp Lahm and France’s World Cup winner, Paul Pogba.
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