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Alireza Beiranvand has officially broken the Guinness World Record for the longest throw ever recorded in a football match.
The Iran goalkeeper managed to achieve the feat back in 2016 but it's taken five years to officially be ranked as the longest ever.
In a game against South Korea, the 29-year-old saw a perfect counter attack opportunity and took matters into his own hands... literally.
He unleashed a massive throw that covered three quarters of the pitch and it landed in the path of attacker Vahid Amiri. It even managed to leave a South Korea player on the floor.
Check it out below.
O guarda-redes entrou para o livro de recordes pelo lançamento de bola mais longo com a mão num jogo oficial :soccer:
:link: https://t.co/6xFtINmY5C#BoavistaFC #AlirezaBiranvand #GuinnessWorldRecords pic.twitter.com/64qyUCEN8W
- Boavista FC (@boavistaoficial) November 25, 2021
Amiri unfortunately couldn't finish and it robbed us of perhaps the greatest assist in football history.
Boavista, who Beiranvand now plays for on loan from R. Antwerp, uploaded a video of the throw as well as the shot-stopper putting in some throwing practice.
So, what does his plaque say exactly?
It reads: "The further distance throw of a football (soccer ball) in a competitive match is 61m 26mm, (200 ft, 1.57in) and was achieved by Alireza Beiranvand (Iran) playing for Iran against South Korea at the Aradi Stadium, Tehran, Iran on 11 October 2016.
:earth_africa: Alireza Beiranvand is now a @GWR world record holder!
Alireza's 61-metre throw in a match vs. South Korea (October 11, 2016), was the longest recorded throw in a football match.
Congrats to Alireza for his Guinness World Records achievement! pic.twitter.com/zP8WijEjIK
- Persian Soccer (@prznsoccer) November 25, 2021
Beiranvand regularly busts his throws out in international games and launched a ball 80+ yards against Syria in September.
It's a remarkable story given Beiranvand was sleeping rough just a few years ago as he attempted to forge a career.
He even had to go against his own father, who wanted him working in a normal job instead of playing professional football.
Some of the jobs Beiranvand had include a dressmaker and car washer.
He told The Guardian in 2018: "I suffered many difficulties to make my dreams come true but I have no intention of forgetting them because they made me the person I am now."
Those dreams have now made him a world record holder. Take a bow.
Featured Image Credit: Boavista/Twitter
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