Freestyle Footballer Plays ‘Keepie-Uppie’ Across 60 Miles of the Sahara Desert in 40C Heat

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Freestyle footballer John Farnworth battled a sandstorm and 40C heat to play ‘keepie-uppies’ across 60 miles of the Sahara.

The 33-year-old from England juggled a ball in the air more than 250,000 times over the course of six days across the African desert in a bid to break his ninth Guinness world record.

The incredible footage shows Farnworth wearing goggles and specially designed trainers to keep sand out during the storm.

He successfully manoeuvred down steep sand dunes and across scorched earth – all while looking down at the football.

Farnworth, from Preston, Lancashire, even had to wear a headscarf at one point – which impaired his vision – to keep the sun from roasting his skin.

The 33-year-old from Preston, Lancashire, was trying to break his ninth world record

The 33-year-old from Preston, Lancashire, was trying to break his ninth world record

Joined by three friends, he enlisted the help of four Moroccans to help navigate across the sprawling landscape.

It is not, however, Farnworth’s first stunt with a football.

In 2017, he climbed to the top of a 600ft radio mast in Inskip, Lancashire, and performed a number of tricks at 4am. 

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