Just because you started on the same date, doesn't mean you would've progressed as far as he had. Although from the interview of him from ages ago, it sounded as if his life was busy, and he doesn't play that much. As it would collide with his work and stuff, but it still could of been possible of you being one of the tops.
Apparently GFD didn't aim for top rank.
Edit: Yeah leecher is your next level, then something.. i can't remember i think newb?