While he is accustomed to defenders flailing helplessly in his path, former Real Madrid and Barcelona player Luís Figo has recently broken new ground by taking part in a football match played at record heights.
Indeed, on August 20, 2022, the 49-year-old Portuguese legend took part in a four-player game organized by Mastercardaboard a parabolic flight at 20,230 feet (6,166 meters), the highest point ever played in a football game.
The match was played on a specially constructed 75-meter square field inside the aircraft, which hovered, alternating ascending and descending arcs along a trajectory simulating the effect of weightlessness. However, this did not stop Figo from scoring with an acrobatic volley.
Figo, who won 2-1 for his team, was joined by seven other players from around the world, with teammates hailing from Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. All their efforts were then applauded by Guinness World Records judges who awarded the players the title of “Football Game at the Highest Altitude in Parabolic Flight”.
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Even at his age, Figo is still adding big accolades to his already extensive career, though he’s not the only famous pro footballer to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ronaldo from Manchester United has multiple Guinness World Records speaking of having received certificates for: most goals scored in international football (117 or more), most consecutive Champions League appearances scored in (11), oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick ( 33 years and 130 days), most European Championship tournaments scored by one player (4) and, slightly less impressive, the record for the most viewed Wikipedia page of any male athlete (over 48 trillion views).
Lewandowski at least four Guinness World Records thanks to his Herculean feats of scoring with Bayern Munich – all the result of his incredible five-goal streak against Wolfsburg in 2015.
The Poland striker came on as a half-time substitute and scored five goals in just nine minutes, earning him the records for fastest Bundesliga hat-trick (3 minutes 22 seconds) and fastest four goals in a Bundesliga match (5 minutes 42 seconds). , the fastest five goals in a Bundesliga match (8 minutes 59 seconds) and the most goals ever scored by a substitute in a Bundesliga match (5.)
Not surprisingly, Messi also owns (or co-owns) huge raft of Guinness World Recordsmost of which were awarded for his outstanding performances on the field.
Messi’s many official titles include: most goals scored in a single Champions League match (5), most goals scored by substitutes in a Copa América match (3), most appearances by a foreign player in La Liga (427). , the youngest player to score 50 Champions League goals (24 years, 246 days), the most goals in a calendar year (91 goals in 2012) and the most Ballons d’Or won (7).