Arsenal’s Theo Walcott has broken Lionel Messi’s world record for controlling a ball dropped from a high altitude. The England international, with teammates Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin, took part in the challenge during training. The players were challenged to stop a ball being dropped from a crane. Of the players who took part in the challenge, only Walcott could control the ball dropped from 34 metres.
Walcott beat the previous record by set by football freestyler, John Farnworth, by two metres in front of a certified Guinness judge, ensuring his place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Lionel Messi had held the record after controlling a ball dropped from 18 metres in a Japanese television advert.