Mastercard has earned a Guinness World Record title for the ‘Highest Altitude Game of Football on a Parabolic Flight’ alongside football legend Luis Figo and a team of football notables from across the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America.
The first-of-its-kind football game was played at an altitude of 20,230 ft (6166.1 m) in zero gravity conditions, taking the game to a place where no match has gone before.
The unique take on the game of soccer took place between two four-player teams on 20 August 2022. Football legend Luis Figo was on board with seven other players selected to earn their place on the historic flight.
The record was presented by an Official Adjudicator from Guinness World Record and verified by two witnesses as Figo effortlessly dribbled the ball across a 75-square meter football field specially set inside the aircraft.
The MENA region was represented by the team captain, Hamad Mohammad Hassan and Yasmian Ghanem AlSharshani from Qatar, a market that has become a global hub for sporting excellence and a leading destination for tourists and sporting enthusiasts alike. The other players of the record-setting game were Rhiannon Ishmael, Jonny Fines, Deydson Rocha, Begad Mostafa, and Farah Jefry.
“Football transcends boundaries and unites people around the world,” said Figo in a release.
“I have played in stadiums where the electric atmosphere sparks emotions that cuts across cultures and nationalities; this was the exact same experience I had playing this beautiful game at 20,000 feet above ground with a group of fearless football fanatics taking their passion for the sport to unprecedented heights.”
There is also a behind-the-scenes film:
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