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CARLOS MARTINS: “Saving a life is so much more important than winning the Champions League.”


Carlos Martins has spoken publicly for the first time on the plight of his stricken three-year-old son, Gustavo.

The Granada and Portugal midfielder says football takes a back seat when it comes to saving somebody’s life and added he has been overwhelmed by the support and best wishes he has received from players and fans alike.

Martins was on international duty with Portugal last week when he was told his son was suffering from the rare illness congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia, a disease caused by the low production of platelets in the bone marrow.

The football world has since come together in support and many of Martin’s international and club team mates have begun highlighting his son’s plight through social networking site, Twitter.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been at the forefront of the campaign and the hash-tag #todosconMartins has been seen by millions around the world.

There was another twist to the sad tale during Sunday’s match against Mallorca, when Martins scored what could have been the winning goal for his club, only for the game to be abandoned after a linesman was hit by an umbrella thrown from the crowd.

The search is now on to find a donor for Gustavo and Martins finished his appeal by saying: “Donating blood to save someone’s life is much more important that a football match, winning the Champions League or anything else.”

We at elcentrocampista.com could not agree more.

Our thoughts are with Gustavo and the Martins family.


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One Comment

  1. Heath Chesters

    22 November, 2011 at 19:37

    There was a great response for donations before the Granada v Mallorca match, with fans queueing to donate blood samples.

    Even if none of those are a match for Gustavo, at least there’s still hope of finding matches for other families in the same situation.

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