By Luke Kenton
This is the incredible moment a football trickster smashes a world record formerly held by Theo Walcott and Lionel Messi, by controlling a ball dropped from 136 feet in the air, before performing a series of dazzling skills.
Though football fans across the world remain divided between who’s the better player out of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, this football freestyler can now brag that he’s better than them both of the – at one thing at least.
After having his own record undone by Messi, Suarez and Theo Walcott, who managed to control a ball dropped from 111ft, veteran trickster John Farnworth set out to reclaim his seventh world record in spectacular style.
Hiring a crane, John set himself the seemingly impossible task or attempting to control a ball dropped from 136 feet up, on a cold and windy evening in Widnes, Liverpool.
Admitting that he couldn’t see the ball during the last 20 feet because it was going so fast, John, who’s been performing soccer skills for over 14 years, was left painfully frustrated after eight unsuccessful attempts seemed to signal that he may have bitten off more than he could chew.
However, the ninth time proved to be a charm, as, with the deftest of touches, John brings the ball down with exquisite control before launching into a mesmerizing array of flicks, tricks and a maneuver called ‘Around The World’.
Delighted at his remarkable record, John, who is expecting a Ballon D’or nomination any moment, said: “It was so hard to do as there was no real way of predicting where the ball would land – it was moving so much in the air.
“I had the record before, but after it was taken over by Messi, Suarez and Walcott, I knew I had to get it back.
“The wind was the main issue, but after a few goes I finally found my touch.
“It was all about the perception of the ball.
“You can’t really see it on the last 20 feet because of the speed, but thankfully I was able to bring it down on the ninth attempt – so not too bad.
“The reaction has been great, I can’t wait take it to new heights later on in the year.”