Soccer Freestyler Abou Traore Sets Guinness World Record
Soccer freestyler Abou Traore sets Guinness World Record for the farthest distance in moonwalk while balancing a soccer (football) ball on the head.
By: TruBlu PR
Traore's skill and innovation through the unique combination of dance and football that he practices has led him to make history as a leader in the sport, and his new Guinness World Record has firmly solidified his place in the books. Traore's record is set to be published on the Guinness World Record website, and in September they will announce whether he is one of the select few who will be published in the 2020 edition of the physical Guinness World Record book.
Traore says, "I feel proud to receive a Guinness World Record, it is a great achievement in my career. I worked so hard to reach this level. Even in my dreams I couldn't imagine that I would be here today."
Originally from Guinea, Africa, Traore spent most of his youth in France where he played semi-professional soccer for clubs such as ES Parisienne, MFC Montrouge 92, Paris Football Club, and Paris Saint-Germain. After an injury took him off the field at the age of 18 Traore embarked on his career as a freestyle footballer where his skill, creativity and natural affinity for the crowd have earned him worldwide attention.
Though Traore first began performing as a freestyle footballer in front of street audiences his place in the spotlight quickly grew. In a relatively short amount of time Traore was reaching global audiences with his act through televised performances on the popular French series "Le Mag," which airs on NRJ12, Germany's RTL TV series "Unschlagbar,"
Abou Traore's older brother Iya Traore, who is a freestyle footballer as well, also holds two Guinness World Records. Iya holds the records for the most steps climbed backwards on a ladder while controlling a football with his feet, which he performed in Beijing, China in 2011, as well as the record for the most leg revolutions while balancing an urban ball on the foot in one minute, which he accomplished in France in 2014 doing 63 revolutions.
Iya initially introduced Abou Traore to the moonwalk through a Michael Jackson music video back home in Africa when they were children. Motivated to emulate Jackson's moves, Abou recalls that time as a pivotal moment when dance and movement became an important part of his life. Now, having set the record for farthest moonwalk distance while balancing a soccer ball on the head, it appears that the progression has come full circle.
In addition to continuing to perform with the famous Cirque du' Soleil show "Luzia," which has led him to be featured in every major newspaper across the U.S. as well as on countless television shows, Abou Traore is putting his talent to use by helping to develop freestyle football in the US. He intends to begin sharing his love for this innovative sport by teaching within schools and soccer clubs.
With one Guinness World Record under his belt, Traore is already planning to set another record, this time for the 'windmill with the ball grab on the feet.' Along with his moonwalk move, the windmill is one of Traore's signature moves that has been known to drive audiences wild, and it entails doing the windmill breakdance move whilst hold a ball between his feet.