Updated: Mar 3
It only took Daniel Wassef ten months to achieve the goal of a lifetime.
Although the Covid-19 crisis has been a thorn on everyone’s side this past year, the quarantine period has motivated people to unleash their creativity and try things that they’ve never tried before. This is exactly what 23-year-old Daniel Wassef did when he started practicing his soccer toe taps, only he went beyond. Daniel managed to do 151 toe taps in one minute, breaking the world record, a feat that he would’ve never accomplished if not for the pandemic.
“I was very bored at home. I had no creativity in myself” explained Daniel, discussing his emotions at the start of the COVID confinement. “Eventually, I just told myself ‘why not do some soccer tricks on my street’. My neighbor has a basketball hoop, so I asked him if I could borrow it. I started kicking the ball into the net backwards, and eventually, I got it in.”
Accomplishing such a trick is no easy task, and Daniel wanted that to be recognized. He applied for a Guinness World Record but was rejected. Thankfully, this rejection only motivated him even more. “I told myself that if I was capable of doing that, why stop there? That’s when I decided to try to do the most soccer toe taps in one minute.”
While some people train for years to beat a record, Daniel managed to break it in only ten months, while being out of practice. “I quit playing soccer for the city five years ago due to my age. I still play for my local church team but that got cancelled because of the pandemic”
Daniel has also received a great amount of attention since his accomplishment. “I got 137 comments on my Facebook, and 196 likes. People keep telling me things like don’t stop, and that this is my future and to ke