When Cristiano Ronaldo Broke A Bournemouth Fan's Wrist Playing For Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo once hit a trademark knuckleball free-kick so hard that it broke a Bournemouth fan's wrist.
Playing for Real Madrid in a 6-0 pre-season friendly romp at the Vitality Stadium back in 2013, Ronaldo helped himself to a first half double against the Cherries.
But it was his near-miss that ended up being the main takeaway from the fixture. Ronaldo lined up one of his free-kicks from distance and saw his dipping effort fizz just over the bar.
It ended up hitting 11-year-old fan Charlie Silverwood sat behind the goal and was struck with such power that it broke his wrist after he put his hand out to stop the ball.
Recalling the incident in an interview with the BBC, Charlie said: "It was Ronaldo's first free-kick of the game. It went straight for me so I blocked the ball with the palm of my left hand and the force, I suppose, reverberated up my arm and broke my wrist.
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"If I hadn't blocked it with the palm of my hand I would have no front teeth. It definitely had to be some speed otherwise it wouldn't have broken my wrist - 45 mph would be a safe guess I think."
Although he had to have an operation following the double fracture and had to spend the remaining weeks of the school holidays with his arm in plaster and a sling, Charlie ended up getting a signed shirt from Ronaldo and the rest of the Los Blancos stars.
He said Real Madrid's president had even been in touch, while Bournemouth legend Steven Fletcher came to his house and presented him with the shirt and a ball signed by he and his teammates.
And the best thing about the whole story, is that the youngster didn't move a muscle and watched the full game with his wrist flopping about.
He added: "Real Madrid is a once in a lifetime opportunity - seeing them play your local club - so I watched the rest of the match, mostly in pain considering I still had the sling, and afterwards I then went to hospital."