Arsenal Star, Theo Walcott Breaks Guinness World Record

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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.

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And after failed attempts from Koscielny, Monreal and Coquelin – it wasn’t looking likely that a record would be broken.

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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.

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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.