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Ronaldo shot breaks fan's wrist

Fred Harrison
Mr Harrison still thinks Ronaldo is the greatest

A Boro fan had his wrist broken when he attempted to fend off an off-target shot from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fred Harrison, 68, from Hartlepool, was sitting behind the Middlesbrough goal at the Riverside during the match against Manchester United on 6 April.

A missed strike by the Portuguese forward came straight at him and he put his hands up to protect his face.

The ball hit his right wrist, which was later diagnosed as broken and put in a plaster cast.

Mr Harrison said: "As we sat down my son looked up and said 'we're right in the firing line here'.

"I said we'll be OK because shots to the goal usually go way over, but this one just scraped over the top of the bar and came straight over to me.

"As it was coming I put my hands up to stop it hitting my face, because I was thinking about my glasses."

Mr Harrison, however, bears no resentment to Ronaldo.

"I definitely think he's the best footballer in the world," he said.

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