An 11-year-old football fan wrist was broken by a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick at the Goldsands Stadium; Bournemouth on Saturday.
Charlie Silverwood from Christchurch had to undergo surgery to get his wrist bone back into place and has to spend the next few days in plaster.
The young fan, however, received a shirt signed by the Portuguese footballer and his Real Madrid team-mates.
Charlie told BBC News, “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.”
Although the kid was treated by first aiders at the ground immediately after the accident and was told to leave for hospital, the diehard fan chose to stay and endure the pain to watch the match till the end.
“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,” said Charlie.
The 11-year-old told The Sun, “It was very painful. I’ve told friends and they cannot believe it. Ronaldo is the world’s most expensive player — and he broke my arm.”
One wonders if Charlie was complaining or actually glad that it Ronaldo’s free-kick that broke his wrist in two places. But then again, football enthusiasts, no matter how young they are, are like that.
You can watch Ronaldo’s free-kick that broke Charlie’s wrist in the video above.