Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest with the striker winning numerous professional and personal honours, including a record six Ballon d’Or awards.
The 32-year-old is known for his skills and abilities on the pitch, and in 2015 he showed of his talents, not on the field but in a square in Japan, where he set a new world record. The challenge set to Messi was to kick a ball over a barrier that was held up into the air and to control it as it came down.
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.
A crane first held the barrier at a height of 10 metres in the air.
After Messi achieved that with ease, he went on to complete heights of 13 and 15 metres.
Then came the final task: 18 metres. The footballing genius showed that no challenge is difficult for him, who after controlling the ball the first time, went on to do it again and again, just because he could.
His world record though was broken by former Liverpool midfielder, Jamie Redknapp in 2018, who
controlled a ball that was dropped from a height of 38 metres on Sky’s ‘A League Of Their Own’.