Wednesday 22 November 2017

Watch Kevin De Bruyne getting hit in the face with a YouTuber's rabona penalty

The midfielder just had no time to react.

By Max McLean

Even the most sophisticated football academics would struggle to suppress a chuckle at a world-class midfielder getting hit in the face with a ball.

And when that ball comes off the post from a rabona penalty before making impact, you’re only a few steps away from Benny Hill theme tune territory.

Here’s Kevin De Bruyne, 25-year-old midfield magician, on the receiving end of just such an incident thanks to YouTuber @miniminter. Probably time for a holiday, Kevin.

How much did Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling enjoy that?

Well, not quite as much as whoever edited the video. Whoever that was included no fewer than SIX replays, including close-ups, of the ball careering into the Belgian’s face.

Worse still, De Bruyne’s visage didn’t even prevent a goal.

Could be worse though, Kevin.

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