Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ronaldo's wayward free-kick breaks 11-year-old's wrist in friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo has gone from breaking grown women's hearts to well ... cracking little kid's bones.

The soccer star left a young fan with a broken wrist, after smashing an 35-yard free-kick wide of the goal during Real Madrid’s friendly with the Championship club, inadvertently hitting an 11-year-old with the ball.

Charlie Silverwood was watching the friendly at Dean Court when the Portugal captain rocketed his kick into the stands and accidentally hit the young spectator.

Charlie’s dad managed to duck out of the way, but the boy was struck flush on the arm by the ball, leaving his wrist broken in two places.

Despite his injury, tough little Charlie stayed behind to watch the remaining 84 minutes before heading to hospital — where he learned the extent of the damage left by the wild kick. 

Charlie was X-rayed and required an operation before his arm was placed in a cast that will stay on for six weeks.

"It was very painful," Charlie said with a bit of pride. "I’ve told friends and they cannot believe it. Ronaldo is the world’s most expensive player – and he broke my arm."

After Real routed their hosts, 6-0, the Bournemouth team gave the young fan a signed Real Madrid shirt and ball.  

Bend It Like Beckham. Break it like Ronaldo?

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