A dad of seven who claims to be the "world's oldest man" has celebrated his birthday while recovering from Covid-19 in Brazil.
Andrelino Vieira da Silva, from Aparecida de Goiania in Goias, spent the special day with his family as he reportedly turned 121 on February 3.
The pensioner marked his birthday with an intimate get together with his relatives, who have all recovered from the virus and live on the same plot of land.
The retiree, who has 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, would be the world's oldest living person if his age is verified.
According to his ID card, the grandfather was born on February 3, 1901.
The retiree enjoyed the special occasion with a decorated cake, which featured his name, age and the phrase "O terror do INSS" which translates to "the terror of the INSS."
INSS stands for Brazil's National Institute of Social Security. The body, which was launched in 1978, is in charge of pension payments.
Mr da Silva's granddaughter Janaina Lemes de Souza, 36, came up with the theme of the cake.
"It is a great privilege to have a person of this age in the family to be able to share stories with us," she told publication G1.
"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.
"He is lucid, active, cooks his food, takes care of his little things."
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The accounting supervisor said their family own three homes on the same plot of land.
"We live with the whole family on the same land, but he has his own shack, where he lives alone," she added.
"He leads a normal life. He loves forro (a style of music and dance from north-eastern Brazil) and would always dance."
The mum added: "As we all have Covid-19, we just made a little cake so as to not let it go uncelebrated. It was just us.
"But he is doing very well, he only has mild symptoms. He has had all three doses of the vaccine."
The oldest certified living person in the world is Kane Tanaka, from Japan, who turned 119 last month.
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