Revealed: The weird Guinness World Record that Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino once held

Takumi Minamino

Minamino: From Hero to Zero

In a rollercoaster five minutes for Liverpool’s Takummi Minamino, the Japanese midfielder went from hero to almost zero as Liverpool came from two goals down to snatch a draw, and then prevail on penalties, over Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter final.

It was Minamino’s last-second strike that levelled the tie, which Leicester had been in control of for much of the 90 minutes thanks to a pair of goals from Jamie Vardy in the opening quarter of an hour.

However, he was forced to watch on anxiously as he missed his penalty in the subsequent shoot-out before his goalkeeper bailed him out and sent the Reds through to the semi-finals, where they will face Arsenal.

Minamino’s odd World Record

And, ahead of the game, an altogether odd record was revealed.

Bizarrely, Minamino took to the programme notes to explain how he once held the world record for the most high-fives in one minute. He reveals:

“Yes, I held the record for the most high-fives in a minute, but I think it has been broken,”

“It happened when I played for Cerezo Osaka and it was an event organised by the club for people living in the area, in the town. About 200 people queued up in a line in a shopping centre and as I was the youngest player in the team I was chosen to join them.”

“I had to run down the line and high-five them and I managed to make the Guinness World Records.

“It is a very good memory and we still talk about it. Maybe it would be good fun if I celebrated a goal for Liverpool like this!”

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5

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