Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has looked to make emends to a young football fan after inadvertently breaking his arm with a free-kick.
During Los Merengues’ 6-0 preseason win at Bournemouth on Sunday evening, the Portuguese star, who netted twice, first came close to opening the scoring with a free-kick in the opening minutes.
However, the wayward effort went into the crowd, where it caught 11-year-old Bournemouth fan Charlie Silverwood.
The youngster continued to watch the game despite being in pain, whilst an x-ray afterwards confirmed that the impact from Ronaldo’s shot had fractured his wrist.
After being informed of the incident, Real Madrid and the player sent out a shirt to the boy signed by Ronaldo and all of his teammates. Bournemouth also sent out a signed football.
“It's one of the most spectacular ways you can get your arm broken,” Charlie told reporters this week.
“I'd have to say I'd prefer doing it this way then just falling out of a tree like my dad did it.
“You wouldn't expect this to happen to anybody. If I hadn't put my left hand up, took the brunt of the force on my palm, I'd have ended up with no front teeth.”