Although international football remains at a standstill due to the Coronavirus pandemic, that doesn’t stop Emirati footballer Areej Al Hammadi from keeping away from the sport, claiming a world record for smashing the most ‘hotstepper’ ball control tricks.
Areej Al Hammadi breaks world record for most ‘hotstepper’ boll control tricks
Local football star Areej Al Hammadi created history on Guinness World Records dribbling her way to break the record for the most ‘hotsepper’ ball control tricks within a minute, overtaking the former record of 56 repetitions with 86 times using a FIFA approved football.
“I am incredibly proud to be Guinness World Records title holder and excited to help celebrate the launch of Guinness World Records Day this year. It is a proud moment for me, for my country, and for women around the world. Why football? because it is my passion.”Areej Al Hammadi
Al Hammadi says she grew up hearing the football as a sport “not for ladies” and climbed her way through the ranks to make it into the UAE’s female football team and a rising star in the region’s football circuit. She also works as a creative services professional as her day job, after obtaining a degree in communications from the American University in Dubai.
“I aim to contribute to my country’s improvement of women’s representation at all levels of the game by challenging discrimination with hopes for big improvements in the sport industry globally.”Areej Al Hammadi
Photograph credit: Guinness World Records
(Featured photograph credit: Guinness World Records)