Arsenal star, Theo Walcott is officially the holder of a Guinness World Record for controlling a ball dropped from 34 meters high in the sky.
Four Gunners stars, Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin, Nacho Monreal including Theo Walcott took on the ultimate control challenge of stopping a ball dropped from high in the sky, dead. The rules stated that the ball had to be controlled five times before it touched the ground.
And after failed attempts from Koscielny, Monreal and Coquelin – it wasn’t looking likely that a record would be broken.
But the 27-year-old England star did it the best by controlling the ball with the side of his foot and then keeping it alive a further four times. A judge from the Guinness Book of Records was there to certify Walcott’s feat. The previous record standing was at 32 metres – which is the equivalent of five two-storey houses.
Guinness World Records spokesman, Pravin Patel who handed Walcott his framed record hailed the Arsenal star for breaking the record adding that it was a challenge which looked easy at 25 metres but when the ball was released at 34 metres, it surprised the footballers.
Lionel Messi who holds a lot of world soccer records, previously held the record of controlling a ball dropped from the highest known altitude.
Messi’s previous record was at 18 meters which he once performed while promoting a Japanese television show, though that record was beaten once before by a freestyler.
This goes to show that just about anything can be a record. It doesn’t matter how random it is or how little usefulness it has in everyday life, a record is still a record, since neither Walcott, Messi nor anyone won’t need to control a ball from that height in the air during a match.