The Portuguese forward struck the dead ball with such venom that a young soccer fan in the crowd, Charlie Silverwood, immediately knew his effort had caused damage to his body.
The match took place at the Goldsands Stadium on Saturday, attracting thousands of fans to the English coastal town. The 11-year-old had found a prised spot just behind the goal, but when Ronaldo’s free-kick early in the game dipped over the bar and hit his wrist, he was forced to leave the encounter early.
Silverwood, who was with his dad at the time, even had to have surgery on his wrist, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Charlie stated, “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.”
Immediately, first aiders at the game placed Silverwood’s wrist in a sling and then advised him to visit a hospital.
However, Silverwood doesn’t regret attending the match. “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,” remarked the young fan.
Silverwood thinks that his injuries could have been even worse though, adding, “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.”
Silverwood was visited by Steven Fletcher, a Bournemouth soccer legend, who brought him a signed Real Madrid shirt, whilst the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, has also called him to say that a signed Ronaldo shirt is on its way.
Real Madrid went on to win the contest 6-0.