The soccer ball designed for the World Cup can reach, on average, between 30 and 50 mph — and it’s not something you want a body part to get in the way of, as demonstrated by a Nigerian player in Wednesday’s match against Argentina.
Michel Babatunde, a midfielder on the Nigerian team, took a shot to the arm from teammate Ogenyi Onazi. To watch what the moment looked like in slow motion is cringe worthy (Content warning: images might be considered graphic to some):
There is no official update on the status of Babatunde’s arm yet, only speculation that it was broken. He was pulled out of the match on a stretcher with his arm in a cloth wrap.
Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the end, winning Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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