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

Lionel Messi

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

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)

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.