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World Cup Champ Pays For 23 Kids' Surgeries In Brazil To Thank Host City

World Cup Champ Pays For 23 Kids' Surgeries In Brazil To Thank Host City
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BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Mesut Oezil celebrates on the open top bus at the German team victory ceremony on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Mesut Oezil celebrates on the open top bus at the German team victory ceremony on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil, of World Cup champion Germany, is still winning.

The midfielder announced on Facebook that instead of financing the surgeries of 11 sick Brazilian children, as he had originally promised, he was upping the figure to 23. That's one for every member of the German squad, he explained in a post on Facebook.

"This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil," he wrote.

In a YouTube video (below) posted in May for the BigShoe children's healthcare charity, Ozil announced his intentions to join the campaign. "I love children, they are important to me, and I want them to thrive," he said.

Ozil now has deeper pockets to help. As Yahoo pointed out, German team members are expected to receive more than $400,000 in bonus money for their victory.

Ozil is sometimes criticized for laziness on the field. But when it comes to helping kids off the field, the guy just gave fans another reason to root for him.

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