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Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Kid’s Wrist with Errant Free Kick (Video)
I never pass up a chance to rag on Cristiano Ronaldo, so today I figured it’s only fair that I write a post about something he did that’s actually pretty cool.
During a recent exhibition match between Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and AFC Bournemouth of the second-tier English Football League Championship, Ronaldo took a free kick from 35 yards out that went wide of the goal and hit an 11-year-old kid named Charlie Silverwood. Luckily the boy was able to get his hands up in front of his face, but the force of the impact caused a double fracture to his wrist. The kid stayed for the remaining 84 minutes of the match (because he’s a lot tougher than actual soccer players), but he later had to have surgery and he’ll have his arm in a sling for the rest of the summer.
So what did Ronaldo do? Well, when he heard about the extent of the lad’s injuries, he sent him a signed jersey. Isn’t’ that…wait a second…
Yeah, sorry, it wasn’t Ronaldo who gave the kid the signed Real jersey. It was actually AFC Bournemouth. I guess I misread the original story. A rep from Real Madrid has said that they plan to send Charlie some sort of memorabilia, but outside of that I have no idea if Ronaldo knows what happened.
I guess this isn’t a “Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t a total d-bag” post after all.
Oh well. It’s still kind of crazy. Here’s a video of the errant free kick and little Charlie Silverwood eloquently discussing it after the fact:
Hat Tip – [Daily Mail]