The Cristiano Ronaldo effect: Tsunami survivor signs for Sporting Lisbon

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Often criticised by critics for being too selfish on the pitch, Ronaldo has proved doubters wrong, time and time again.

This time his philanthropic works have helped fulfil a tsunami survivor's childhood dream.

Martunis was just seven-years-old when the treacherous tsunami struck in 2004. It took away his siblings and parents. TV crews rescued Martunis, who was fashioning a Rui Costa jersey, from under rubble.


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He only survived the ordeal by eating home-made noodles and drinking puddle water for three weeks.

The star striker flew to Indonesia to meet him in person. There, he got to know of his dream of being a professional footballer. He also funded his education in an act of charity.

Now, Sporting Lisbon has signed him up for their prestigious academy, which has produced legends like Luis Figo and Ronaldo himself.

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Heart-warming and feel-good story

While not the biggest news of the transfer window, this deal has warmed many hearts.

Cristiano makes it more beautiful by helping us realize that our favorite footballers don't just play for the paychecks.

This will inspire people to chase their dreams, no matter how bad the situation seems.

In closing, we'd like to salute you Martunis!

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