The world record for the highest football game has been broken with a little help from former Portugal and Real Madrid legend Luis Figo.
At an altitude of altitude of 20,230 ft (6,166 metres), the former Ballon D’or winner was joined by seven others from around the globe hailing from Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in a fascinating parabolic, zero-gravity flight.
The 49-year-old is accustomed to setting down defenders on their backside with technical wizardry, but this was a very different proposition as the record-breakers floated aimlessly with no gravity to pin them down.
In what would eventually result in a 2-1 win for his side, the specially designed 75-metre square pitch was built inside the aircraft, which switches between upwards and downwards trajectories to simulate the weightlessness of zero-gravity.
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The Mastercard-led effort was ratified by Guinness World Records adjudicators, who presented the participants with the record for the “Highest Altitude Game of Football on a Parabolic Flight.”
Figo joins the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski as an official world record holder, although their efforts were rooted firmly to the ground.