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VIDEO: Australian national team player Awer Mabil is the winner of the 2018 FIFPro Merit Award for his work supporting refugees.

The FC Midtjylland striker, who was born in a refugee camp, was honoured at the FIFPro General Assembly in Rome.

“My aim is to make refugees’ lives easier, to make them realize that their dreams can come true,” Mabil said via video message during the presentation of the award. “They just want an opportunity to be seen and don’t want to be isolated.”

The Merit Award comes with a $25,000 (USD) cheque for Mabil to use for his charity’s initiatives.