When Barcelona's magician Lionel Messi isn't breaking records he's breaking limbs - a female fan paying the price at the weekend for the Argentine's wayward shot into the stands.

During the first half of the Sunday afternoon match against Villareal at the Estadio El Madrigal, the diminutive forward blasted a shot from just outside the box but failed to hit the target.

The left-footed screamer did, however, hit an unfortunate woman in the crowd who grimaced in pain as she clutched at her limp-looking wrist.

A video of the aftermath appears to show the woman on the verge of passing out.

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As nearby fans watch on, the woman leans on a friend who fans her with her hand.

Moments later medical staff arrive to treat the woman and she walks over to them gingerly before collapsing into an empty seat.

The woman's arm was reportedly broken.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw but the result still leaves Barcelona in control of the La Liga with a nine point gap between the Catalans and rivals Atletico Madrid