FIFA world record

Patrick Hadler FIFA world record holder

Think you are good at FIFA? Think again.

Patrick Hadler, the world record holder for beating the computer on EA’s hugely popular football video game, says he could beat nearly any human opponent in a match.

Earlier this year the teenager, who is a professional football coach, beat the computer 321 to nil, earning himself a Guinness World Record.

Mr Hadler, 19, who has played the game since he was six years old, said he is as good with a PlayStation controller as Lionel Messi is with a real football.

He said: “I always beat the computer and I can usually beat my friends when we all play together.

“I could definitely beat Cristiano Ronaldo. I don’t think he plays the game much.”

Mr Hadler, of Rethen, near Hannover in Germany, set the Guinness World Record for the highest margin of victory against the computer on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – emulating his country’s success in the World Cup.

He said: “I never thought Germany would win the World Cup and I never thought I would set this record – so it has been a great year for me.

“I practiced and worked hard. I played the game for hours in preparation.”

Mr Hadler appears in the new book The Guinness World Record’s Gaming Edition 2015 which is released today (NOV 06).

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