Cristiano Ronaldo once broke a Bournemouth fan's wrist in Real Madrid friendly


Cristiano Ronaldo playing away at Bournemouth is certainly a bizarre image.

The last thing you associate with Real Madrid's all-time top scorer is galloping down the wing on the south coast in an 11,000-seater stadium and we mean that in the kindest possible way to the Cherries.

But believe it or not, that scenario came true during pre-season 2013 in one of the most random match-ups you're likely to see, especially considering Bournemouth were newly promoted from League One.

Though still under the management of Eddie Howe, the side that lined up against Los Blancos that day remained a long way away from the team that would take to the Premier League in 2015.

And they stuck out all the more on Real's schedule for the fact they also played Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Lyon.

Bournemouth 0-6 Real Madrid

So, it will perhaps come as little surprise that Bournemouth were on the end of a 6-0 annihilation that day, but it's hardly shameful when Real would win the Champions League 10 months later.

Ronaldo helped himself to a first-half brace, before Sami Khedira made it 3-0 at the break and the trio of Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Casemiro rounded off proceedings.

Seems pretty standard, right? Well, that's not entirely true because the game is actually best remembered for one of Ronaldo's misses and from a knuckleball free-kick in particular.


Breaking a fan's wrist

One of Ronaldo's goals that day was actually from a free-kick, but one set piece earlier in the game flew narrowly over the crossbar and landed in amongst the Bournemouth fans behind it.

That doesn't seem too out of the ordinary either, aside from the fact 11-year-old fan Charlie Silverwood was unexpectedly struck by the fiercely-hit effort.

In fact, it was so venomous that the connection broke the young boy's wrist. You can check out the free-kick in question below as well as the Bournemouth fan's reaction:

Silverwood explained to the BBC at the time: "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.

"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."

But Silverwood was sufficiently compensated for his injuries as Ronaldo sent him a Real Madrid jersey signed by the entire squad in a truly heartwarming gesture. 


Besides, even the broken wrist didn't stop him from watching the rest of the game with Silverwood explaining: "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."

Now that's Ronaldo-esque spirit.

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