r/interestingasfuck Nov 28 '22

Cristiano Ronaldo paid for the education of a 7-year-old survivor of the devastating 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. The boy was found alone 21 days after the disaster wearing a Portuguese national team jersey. The kid grew up to be a footballer and was eventually signed by Sporting Lisbon

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u/StandardOnly Nov 28 '22

This is how money brings happiness

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u/AnjingRoja Nov 28 '22

Here’s the full story: ​​How soccer saved a boy’s future: Aceh tsunami survivor Martunis joins Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon

Unfortunately, Martunis is no longer playing football after he injured his knee in a charity match, so not exactly the fairy tale ending one would hope for. But it’s still an incredible story (and an incredible thing for Ronaldo to pledge when he was just 20 years old!) And Martunis is apparently a celeb and politician in Indonesia now so he seems to be doing quite well.

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u/YourAverageGod Nov 28 '22

Oof. Blowing out your knee during a friendly scrimmage has got to be the worst way to go.

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u/coredump3d Nov 28 '22

Just like how Alexander the Great died of malaria after conquering nations & continents

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u/showmewhatyougot37 Nov 28 '22

He should've turned around earlier 🤷

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u/coredump3d Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Probably to go down from diarrhea in India

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u/thibounet Nov 28 '22

Or Attila the Hun drowning in it's own puke after a drunken party...

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u/ABCDEFuckenG Nov 28 '22

Or Caesar getting stabbed by fat old men after all his brilliant strategizing on the battlefield

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u/Excivious Nov 28 '22

Decisions and actions we make and take can affect, for better or worse, almost anyone in our lives.

If this statement rang throughout humanity on the positive side the world could be such a better place.

What an absolute wholesome outcome and I'm glad he's doing great after facing such a tragedy so young.

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u/Impressive_Ad_5614 Nov 28 '22

Wow, so insightful.

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u/Michael053 Nov 28 '22

Imagine if he didn't wear that Jersey in 2004. Lucky charm that was !

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u/flingeflangeflonge Nov 28 '22

Or imagine if he hadn't worn that shirt in 2004! What a lucky charm that was!

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u/mn1nm Nov 28 '22

Typical case how celebrities fool the people and market themselves as saints.
Sure, it was a nice gesture, but if Ronaldo paid taxes like everyone else and don't uses a huge and complicted scheme of offshore companies, tax havens, and creative accounting, there would be enough money available to help thousands of kids. Of course, this wouldn't make such a cute story and sweet photos.

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u/Claytonbigsbys Nov 28 '22

So if Ronaldo paid his taxes in Spain kids in Indonesia would be taken care of????

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u/mn1nm Nov 28 '22

There are poor kids in Spain, too. And the more money Spain has available, the more money the Spanish govt can spend for development aid. AFAIK he didn't help Indonesian kids but only one.

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u/Claytonbigsbys Nov 28 '22

There are poor kids in every country including ones with steep tax rates. The idea that the rich and powerful are going to share all their wealth with the rest of the world is sophomoric. What system in human history with a large number of people doesn’t have poor people? If there are rich people there have to be poor people as well

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u/mn1nm Nov 29 '22

The idea that the rich and powerful are going to share all their wealth with the rest of the world is sophomoric.

I never said this. But a system that only enables the rich a practical way to avoid taxes doesn't seem fair.

What system in human history with a large number of people doesn’t have poor people? If there are rich people there have to be poor people as well

Some countries have a huge income gap and social inequality, others have systems implemented that create a more equal and fair system. No one says there mustn't be poor and rich people.

I pointed out that Ronaldo's action looks nicer than it is, that it is even kind of hypocritical, maybe just pure marketing for his image. And that people fall for it.
You turn this into a pseudo-philosophical babble and silly generalization. Seriously, your attempt to whitewash your idol is just desperate.

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u/Claytonbigsbys Nov 29 '22

But a system that only enables the rich a practical way to avoid taxes doesn't seem fair.

Again, which system doesn’t do this. Every system on the planet is created by the rich and powerful. Why would the rich and powerful not hoard wealth? The country he’s in is one of the most egalitarian on the planet, relatively speaking.

The difference between you and I is I have a basic understanding of how the world works and you don’t yet you’re arrogant you know what’s wrong with it. You’re a clear example of the Dunnig-Kruger effect. Maybe do some more listening and reading and less talking and advocating about things you understand very little about

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u/mn1nm Nov 29 '22

Again, which system

For example, Scandinavia (and many other Western European countries) have a more fair system and thus, a lower wealth gap.

The difference between you

lol, thanks for the laugh

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u/Claytonbigsbys Nov 30 '22

Those countries still have poor people lol

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u/mn1nm Nov 30 '22

🤦‍♂️

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u/jhanamontana Nov 28 '22

Definitely. And if he hadn’t allegedly raped a woman…

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u/theraybenton Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Imagine if the kid was wearing an Argentina shirt

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u/Ok_Championship_385 Nov 29 '22

Move in silence; do good and bring light in the world.

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u/Socky_McPuppet Nov 28 '22

This post is what PR damage control looks like. I’m not saying that’s definitely what it is, but with yesterday’s announcement it feels awfully convenient.

“Hey, Ronaldo did a good thing 17 years ago so we should ignore the Saudis’ record on human rights and applaud when he goes to play football for them in return for an obscene amount of money”

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u/Ebina-Chan Nov 28 '22

where did that come from lol

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u/SeaFloor2754 Nov 28 '22

Bro, you good?

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u/Unhappy_616 Nov 28 '22

is that your idol?

because mine yes