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Cristiano Ronaldo meets Polish fan he helped to recover from coma

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When Real Madrid were drawn in the same group as Legia Warsaw for this season's group stage of the Champions League, barely anyone outside of Poland would have thought twice about it.

But for one particular Polish fan it was the draw of his dreams.

Some of you might remember the name David Pawlaczyc hitting the headlines in 2013 after the 12-year-old woke up from a three-month coma as a result of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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A bike accident involving a car had prompted Pawlaczyc to lose consciousness and as he was such a fan of Ronaldo, his parents and doctors used to play commentary of the Real Madrid forward's goals on headphones while he was in hospital.

And the audio of Ronaldo's third goal against Sweden in a World Cup playoff proved to be the trigger that woke Pawlaczyc up from his coma.

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The pair have previously met when the Portuguese superstar invited the teenager to Madrid's Champions League semi-final with Borussia Dortmund in 2014 but they were reunited once again before Zinedine Zidane's men took on Legia on Wednesday.

Madrid's official Twitter account have posted a video revealing the moment Pawlaczyc was greeted by his idol, as you can see below.

To his credit, Ronaldo was in a very friendly, welcoming mood and was keen to hear how Pawlaczyc had been progressing via a Polish translator.

Footballers often get a bad reputation for how distant so many are with the public in the modern day but Pawlaczyc would have certainly felt his six-hour journey across the country was made worthwhile with this special moment.

And Ronaldo will be hoping he can make his young fan's day even more special by scoring in his home country.

The 31-year-old was unable to find the back of the net in the reverse fixture a few weeks ago but he now looks back to his devastating best and you wouldn't bet against him being on the scoresheet when the final whistle is blown later tonight.

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Topics:
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League

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