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A great-great-grandfather claiming to be the oldest man in the world has celebrated another birthday with his family.
Andrelino Vieira da Silva, who lives in the municipality of Aparecida de Goiania in the west-central Brazilian state of Goias, reportedly has 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
He was married and had seven children, five of whom are still alive, and even in his old age is said to travel and go to bars.
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According to Andrelino's ID card he was born on February 3, 1901, which would make him 121 years old this year. His old age has not been officially recorded and until last month Guinness World Records had named the world's oldest man as Saturnino de la Fuente García, who passed away in January at 112 years and 341 days old.
The Indian Express reports that a Venezuelan man named Juan Vicente Pérez Mora of Venezuela became the oldest man in the world following García's death.
Juan was 112 years, 7 months and 28 days old at the time of García's death, though if Andrelino's ID card is to be believed then Juan may not hold the title, after all.
Andrelino celebrated what is alleged to have been his 121st birthday with a cake thought up by his granddaughter and decorated with his name, age and the phrase 'O terror do INSS' ('The terror of the INSS'). INSS stands for the National Institute of Social Security, which deals with pension payments and death benefits, among other things.
Granddaughter Janaina Lemes de Souza, 36, was quoted by the outlet G1 as saying it was a 'great privilege to have a person of this age in the family to be able to share stories with us'. She continued: 'My daughter has had the opportunity to have a great-grandfather. I did not. We value every moment. He travels, he goes to bars, he does everything.'
Andrelino currently lives alone in a house on a plot of land he shares with Janaina and her mother, as the granddaughter explained he is 'lucid, active, cooks his food, takes care of his little things'.
'We live with the whole family on the same land, but he has his own shack, where he lives alone. He leads a normal life. He loves forro (a style of music and dance from north-eastern Brazil) and would always dance,' she continued.
Unfortunately, all those who live on the plot of land with Andrelio currently have COVID-19, so they honoured his birthday just between the three houses. However, the granddaughter has assured the elderly man is 'doing very well'.
It is not clear if Andrelino and his family are looking to have his age officially verified.
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