Martunis Sarbini, center, during training at the Sporting Lisbon academy in Portugal. (Photo courtesy of Twitter/MartunisCR8)

Ronaldo's Adopted Son Martunis Released by Military-Affiliated Club PS TNI


FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Jakarta. Martunis Sarbini, the adopted son of international football star Cristiano Ronaldo, was released by Indonesia's elite club PS TNI on Sunday (19/02) after suffering a knee injury.

Ronaldo adopted Martunis, who was 7 years old at the time, after he was found on a beach wearing a Portugal jersey following the 2004 Aceh tsunami. Martunis lost his mother, elder brother and younger sister in the disaster. His father survived.

Ronaldo met with Martunis after the disaster and provided financial aid to his family to rebuild their home.

Eleven years after the disaster, Martunis was signed by Ronaldo's childhood club Sporting Lisbon to play for its academy. He trained there for a year before returning to Indonesia last June.

Martunis, who always wanted to be a professional footballer, joined PS TNI in early February to play for the club's under-21 team. However, he suffered a knee injury during an exhibition match in Jakarta, which left him unable to continue.

He has returned to Aceh to recover.

"I'm going back to Aceh for a speedy recovery and will return to football once I'm fully fit," Martunis said on his Instagram account @martunis_ronaldo on Sunday.

PS TNI plays in the 2017 President's Cup, and it is also a participant in Indonesia's top-tier Liga 1.