Portuguese football giants Sporting Lisbon have signed 17-year-old tsunami survivor Martunis. The earthquake that happened in the Indian ocean on boxing day in 2004 left the then 7-year-old to live of muddy water and noodles alone for 21 days before being found wearing a Portugeuse football shirt. Martunis and his father, Sarbini, tragically lost their three members of their family, his mother and two brother in the disaster that killed 230,000 people across 14 counties.
The youngster has been placed in the academy and could feather for the clubs U19 team in the upcoming season. ‘It’s great to be here, this club makes my dream possible,I am incredibly excited about this opportunity. Viva Sporting!‘ he stated as he was unveilled at the club that nutured Portugal legend Luis Figo and Martunis’ idol Cristiano Ronaldo.
He grew up in Banda Aceh in Indonesia pushed by his father to study English whilst at school. Banda Aceh is situated 150 miles away from the epicentre of the magnitude 9.3 earthquake. His heroic story hit worldwide and gave Martunis the opportunity to meet Eusebio and Cristiano Ronaldo.