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.
Lionel Messi holds a lot of them and his records tend to be pretty legitimate in the world of soccer. But one you probably didn’t know he once held was controlling a ball dropped from the highest known altitude. Not anymore, though.
As you can see, Theo Walcott controls a ball dropped from 34 meters, far outdoing Messi’s previous record of 18 meters that he once performed while promoting a Japanese television show. That record was beaten once before by a freestyler, but Walcott can now lay claim to Messi’s former record.
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Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Nacho Monreal were also on-hand for the challenge to try to beat out the standing record, but Walcott did it the best and a judge from the Guinness Book of Records was there to certify Walcott’s feat.
Will Walcott, Messi or anyone need to control a ball from that high in the air during a match? No, probably not. But a record is still a record.