Lionel Messi set a world record on Japanese TV in 2015

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Depending on who you’re talking to, Lionel Messi is either the best or second best player in the world.

You need immense talent to win six Ballon d’Or awards, and Messi has shown time and time again that he has it in abundance.

His skills with the ball at his feet are out of this world and he’s a true delight to watch.

Back in 2015, Messi showed off his skills not on the football pitch 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.

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.

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And then came the final task: 18 metres.

An undoubtedly difficult challenge was made to look pretty straightforward by the Barcelona ace, who, after controlling the ball a first time, decided to go ahead and do it again... because he can.

The reaction from the commentator is just everything.

Today, the record for the highest altitude a football has been dropped and controlled belongs to former Premier League midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

On the set of A League of Their Own in 2018, Redknapp controlled a ball that was dropped from a height of 38.924 metres, which is pretty remarkable.

Unlikes Messi, Redknapp didn’t have to kick the ball into the air, so their two attempts were slightly different.

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