Winning the World Cup was a really big deal to fans of Germany’s soccer team, but it’s also making a lasting impression on a group of children in South America.

In honor of his team’s victory, Mesut Ozil, a midfielder for the German team, decided to donate his bonus earnings to fund the operations and medical expenses for 23 sick kids in Brazil.


The 25-year-old announced his gesture on his Facebook page, writing, “dear fans, prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. this is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil. #Bigshoe #Brasil2014”

According to ESPN, players on the German team received somewhere around $400,000 for their World Cup win over Argentina. Ozil contributed the money through a project known as Big Shoe, which originated several years ago as a way to collect donations for kids in need of surgery from those with the means to assist.

In an interview with the organization, Ozil said, “I love children, they are important to me and I want them to thrive, live their own life, and have a good chance in the future. A lot of children are shut out of our society, but these we can help in improving their future living conditions.”

Prior to the championship, Ozil sponsored the operations of 11 children, but with the triumph at hand, he took his celebration one step further.

We think this is the true definition of a winner!