Football star at charity gala – What is more important to Toni Kroos than winning

Dusseldorf – On this topic, one of the greatest footballers of our time gets very humble…

Toni Kroos (32, currently kicks at Real Madrid) and other prominent ambassadors handed over donations to charitable organizations and clubs as “lucky fairies” on Wednesday evening in Düsseldorf at the charity gala of the German Postcode Lottery.

From left: Singer Michael Patrick Kelly, Managing Director of the German Postcode Lottery Friederike Behrends, Katarina Witt and Peter Maffay

Photo: Patric Fouad

Probably the most coveted guest, soccer star Toni Kroos, not only posed with his wife Jessica on the red carpet and for photos with fans, but also received 100,000 euros for his foundation.

“I’m currently in Cologne for a few days anyway, so it’s only natural for me to drop by here as ambassador,” says Kroos, who lives in the cathedral city, among other places.

Toni Kroos posed on the red carpet with his wife Jessica

Toni Kroos posed on the red carpet with his wife Jessica

Photo: Patric Fouad

What does the world champion’s foundation do?

The fivefold Champions League Winner works with his founded in 2015 “Toni Kroos Foundation” nationwide with six institutions, has bathrooms and cars converted for families with seriously ill children who could not otherwise afford it.

Kroos to BILD: “It has worked extremely well for seven years. We started with two facilities through which we get in touch with the families and have grown. I lead a privileged life and have the opportunity to help and support.” His motto: Giving joy of life.

Peter Maffay (from left) and Katharina Witt also act as ambassadors for the German Postcode Lottery

Peter Maffay (from left) and Katharina Witt also act as ambassadors for the German Postcode Lottery

Photo: Patric Fouad

What gives the world-famous football star joie de vivre?

The dad of three: “My children are 8, 5 and 3 years old. But that brings us back to the foundation in no time. My children also have a very good life, which they may not even be aware of because it is normal for them. But my older one is also very interested. He went to the children’s hospital last year and brought gifts and saw that not everyone was like him. He is already consciously aware of that.”

Then the athlete becomes even more serious: “For me, it’s joie de vivre to see the children and their parents because you’re doing them something good. That is joie de vivre not only for her, but also for me, in addition to the life that I lead normally in everyday life, which also gives a lot of joie de vivre. That can be winning games or titles, but you always see that there are other, more important things.”

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