When it comes to freestyle ball sports, Andrew Henderson is a master with records in football and rugby, but there was a time when such feats seemed a million miles away.

As part of Guinness World Records' European tour, we interviewed the 25-year-old in London where he recalled being told he "might not walk again" after a serious leg break playing rugby.

But since then Andrew has bounced back, holding the record for the Fastest time to complete 10 Maradona seven football tricks from June 2016 until December 2016.

Watch Andrew demonstrate his Maradona seven skills, and talk more about his football freestyle journey: 

With five Football Freestyle World Championships and eight Football Freestyle UK Championships under his belt (and is currently the reigning champion in both tournaments), Andrew is officially the most successful professional football freestyler ever.

His talent has also landed him roles in adverts, performances at numerous events, and a YouTube channel with more than 100,000 subscribers. 


Originally from Cornwall, Andrew had a voracious appetite for all things sport related, specifically rugby. 

However, a serious accident in 2008 left his sporting future in jeopardy. 

"I had a really bad experience; I broke my leg playing rugby and was told that maybe I'll never be able to walk again. That was a really difficult time for me." 

Andrew had began practising football freestyle on-and-off since 2006, and following his accident he began dedicating all his sporting effort into it. 

"Freestyle definitely helped me recover from my injury. Every time I learnt a new skill it made me more confident and think, actually, I can get up, I can walk again, I can play sport again, I can be the athlete that I wanted to be." 

Andrew was driven to turn his hobby into a full time career. 

With hard work and determination, Andrew has grown into a hugely successful freestyle athlete, and has sought to make freestyle a mainstream, global sport.


Andrew's talents have seen him travel the world to compete and perform, and so far he has visited over 50 countries.

"It's been an amazing journey, I get to inspire kids from all over the world to do whatever they want to do in life, and to know that there's no limit to what you can achieve if you put your heart into it."

In order to stay on top form, Andrew practices up to five hours a day, five days a week.

"It takes a lot of practice, a lot of dedication, a lot of discipline. But I love it."

Andrew appearing on children's TV show <i>Blue Peter</i>

Andrew has also pioneered rugby freestyle and holds the record for the Most rugby ball neck throw and catches in 30 seconds, which he achieved on the set of CBBC's Officially Amazing, in London, UK, on 19 October 2016.


After two failed attempts, the pressure was on for Andrew's third and final attempt. However he managed to clinch the title with a total of 20 throw and catches in 30 seconds. 

"When they told me that I was the Guinness World Records title holder, it meant so much to me - it's a feeling like no other. I definitely have my eye on some more Guinness World Records titles. I'm going to keep training as hard as I can, and hopefully you'll see me break some more records very soon!"