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Soccer star kicks ball so hard it breaks a fan’s wrist

You've got to keep your head on a swivel when Messi is near.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 22, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:33 am CDT

Lionel Messi isn’t necessarily known for his powerful legs on the soccer pitch. Though he is largely recognized as one of the best (if not the best) player in the world, the Telegraph once wrote that when it comes to scoring goals, he “prefers the scalpel to the shotgun.”

But as one unlucky fan discovered last Sunday, getting hit by a Messi shot on goal isn’t a pleasant experience. Messi’s first-half attempt to score for Barcelona vs. Villarreal was a bit off-target, Specifically, colliding with the wrist of a woman named Raquel and apparently breaking a bone.

Here’s how it happened.

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After recovering from the shock of it all, Raquel—apparently a Real Madrid supporter—told Spanish channel nCuatro, via the Mirror, that the ball struck hard enough to cause a fracture.

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Raquel also noted that she’s a Cristiano Ronaldo fan, a sentiment that probably won’t change after her rude encounter with Messi’s wayward shot.

H/T Deadspin | Photo via Christopher Johnson/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2016, 2:53 pm CDT