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Lionel Messi Broke A World Record On Japanese TV Show

Lionel Messi Broke A World Record On Japanese TV Show

Lionel Messi has a knack of breaking records on the football pitch but a square in Japan was the location for his successful world record attempt in 2015.

The Barcelona legend's expert control was put to the ultimate test by a Japanese game show, who challenged Messi to touch the ball dead after it dropped from high in the sky.

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Messi would need to kick the ball over a barrier that was being held up in the air by cranes at different heights, before attempting to bring the ball down under control.

10 metres was easy peasy, while 13 and 15 metres were also no problem whatsoever for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Then came the grand finale. 18 metres in the air, Messi leathered it into space, touched it down and started doing keepy uppies like it was the easiest thing in the world.

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To show he hadn't fluked it, Messi went and replicated his heroics for a second time because why not?

Presently former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp holds the record for controlling a football at high altitude, having done so at an impressive 38 metres on Sky's 'A League Of Their Own'.

But if Messi fancies knocking him off his perch than you know he's got the capacity to do just that.

Messi has appeared on Japanese TV on a number of occasions and completed all sorts of challenges - one of which saw his incredible accuracy in full flow when he knocked down 15 panels in 82 seconds.

Balls were fired out of a machine for Messi to volley and he passed the test with flying colours.

He also curled in free-kicks against a giant robot goalkeeper and demonstrated just why many deem him to be the set-piece taker ever.

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi, World Record, Japan

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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