Iranian player’s leg snaps in half (GRAPHIC)

This intense video is making the rounds in cyberspace. Before hitting play, make sure that you or those around are sitting down. You’ve been warned:

Al Ahli’s 34-year-old Iranian star Ferydoon Zandi may or may not have just seen his soccer career come to a crushing end, literally. According to reports, Zandi was contemplating a return to Iran’s national team in an effort to participate in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Legs are definitely not supposed to bend that way. Brutal. Just brutal. We’re just glad whoever uploaded this video spared us the slow-mo replays.

Everyone at FOX Soccer wishes Zandi a safe and speedy recovery.

H/T 101GG


Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick breaks young fan’s wrist


Image by: M & Y News Agency Ltd (via The Sun)

There are few things you’d want to get in the way of less than a booming, signature free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. After all, FIFA ‘13 rates Ronaldo’s shot power at a whopping 94, and FIFA ratings never lie.

You could also just ask Charlie Silverwood, an 11-year-old Bournemouth fan. The young boy broke his wrist in two places after a Ronaldo rocket zoomed past the net and hit him in the stands during Real Madrid’s preseason opener against the promoted Championship side.

Charlie told The Sun:

It was very painful. I’ve told friends and they cannot believe it. Ronaldo is the world’s most expensive player — and he broke my arm. I could see the ball coming towards me. It curled past the post and was going to hit my face — so I had to block it with my hand. My dad was sat next to me and ducked out of the way so I took the full force.

Way to go, Dad!

Luckily, Charlie is a brave young man, and insisted on staying for the rest of the game before getting his arm put in a cast at a local hospital. And once his story leaked to local media, AFC Bournemouth helped ease the pain some by handing Charlie a signed Real Madrid jersey. Even though it’s probably four times too big, it’ll work for a nice show-and-tell story in school next year.

For video of CR7’s vicious kick, check out this recap: