The Spaniard may have just signed a new contract with Manchester United, but he had best watch his back with this pooch around.

Dogs aren’t traditionally known for their ball catching skills, but one record breaking pup could soon be giving the likes of Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea a run for their money in the world of football.

The canine in question is none other than Purin, a Japan-based dog star who has recently earned a place in the 2016 Guinness Book of Records.

Purin achieved the feat after successfully catching a whopping 14 balls in between his tiny paws in the space of just 60 seconds.

In doing so he smashed the previous record of 10 catches in a minute, earning a place in animal folklore in the process.

As with any great football team or individual player, some of the credit must go to the manager and coaches behind the scenes.

In this instance it was owner Makoto Kumagai, who had evidently been busy drilling young Purin on the finer points of the perfect catch.

The Sakura, Chiba resident’s efforts were not in vain though and, who knows, perhaps the dedication shown here could lead to more work in the world of football.

Hey, if Alan Shearer can manage in the Premier League then there is hope for everyone, right?

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