On a more serious note, getting away from the latest in football frenzy of transfers, money, corruption, etc, once in a while, we do come across some good that the sport does in raising the standard of living of people across the world.
We get so engraved in the normality’s of covering every aspect of the sport, and at times, lies & false rumors to create an interest. But we rarely mention or hear about the positive influence that is created through this beautiful sport.
There are a lot of them out there and I promise to bring these to you, but to start off with, one particular incident that reminds of how blessed I am every time I read it, comes from Indonesia. This was right after the devastating Tsunami that hit SE Asia in 2004.
A story of a brave 7-yr old kid named Martunis, who survived for 19 days alone when he was swept into the sea. His mother and brothers had lost their lives in this disaster. When the rescuers reached the kid, they found him wearing a number 7 Portugal jersey.
When Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was the national coach of Portugal at the time, heard about this, he requested the PFA to have Martunis and his father flown into Portugal to watch some games. The kid also had the opportunity to meet up with Cristano Ronaldo and spend some time with him. I won’t spoil this for you. Would recommend reading the entire article here.
This gesture carried out by the Portugal FA undeniably deserves the utmost praise from us. It also acquaints us with the realities that we are surrounded by but tend to ignore. Stories like these remind us of our fortunate circumstances and that there are people out there that need our help, hence we need to take some time off and give back to the community we live in. Just from a footballing perspective, we could begin by donating our old shoes and clothes shelved somewhere in the corner. On the greater end, we could also support the initiatives started by individuals all across the world, be it financially or in words.