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Axel Tuanzebe Holds A Guinness World Record For Quickest Time Taken To Clear A Game Of Hungry Hippos

Axel Tuanzebe Holds A Guinness World Record For Quickest Time Taken To Clear A Game Of Hungry Hippos

Axel Tuanzebe's talents are not merely restricted to the football pitch.

The 22-year-old dropped a defensive masterclass and shut out Kylian Mbappe in his first game for ten months as Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 to get off to a winning start in this season's Champions League last night.

With Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly injured, Tuanzebe stepped up to the mark with an accomplished performance at the Parc Des Princes.

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But it turns out that the United youth product is a man for the big stage. That's because Tuanzebe is already the proud owner of a world record.

Image: PA
Image: PA

While on a pre-season tour of the United States back in July 2018, he set a new record for the quickest time taken needed to clear a game of Hungry Hippos - the classic family game whereby you have to feed your Hippo with marbles before anyone else can.

On his Instagram story, the versatile defender posted a picture of him and official adjudicator Adam Brown with his new certificate, as well as a clip of United coaching staff singing his name in celebration.

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Plenty of other United players attempted to break world records but it was only Tuanzebe, hailing from Rochdale, who emerged victorious.

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Brown, who was there to witness the successful record attempt, issued the following comment: "We have had a great day adjudicating a range of record attempts with the Manchester United Football team as part of their collaboration with Guinness World Records.

"Axel Tuanzebe, was the bigger winner of the day and bagged himself the record for Fastest time to clear a game of hungry hippos in a time of 17.36 seconds, beating competition from his fellow team mates."

17.36 seconds was his remarkably quick time, almost as rapid as his turn of pace to get back in and make a sensational last-ditch tackle to thwart Mbappe in the French capital last night.

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His last appearance before his outing on Tuesday was against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with how he performed.

"Axel did fantastic," Solskjaer said.

"He has been out for 10 months so to put a performance up like this against Neymar and Mbappe, he almost surprised us as well.

"He is a tremendous defender, a great leader. We have known for years he is going to be a top player for us. To see the way he was it was unbelievable. Absolutely spot-on."

Topics: Football News, Axel Tuanzebe, Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Manchester United, PSG

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