Top Ten Fastest Footballers
10. Alexis Sanchez – 30.1 km/h
Players like Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are often said to be lightning quick on the ground, while Lionel Messi’s bursts on the ball seem to reach greater speeds than most manage out of possession, but just who exactly is the fastest of them all? A study commissioned by FIFA attempted to answer that question. Starting with Alexis Sanchez, who is the 10th quickest at 30.1 km/h.
9. Arjen Robben – 30.4 km/h
Arjen Robben has been terrorising defenders on the wing for a number of years now, so it’s no surprise to see him crack the top 10.
8. Franck Ribery – 30.7 km/h
Robben’s team-mate Franck Ribery is equally formidable, and slightly quicker
Wayne Rooney’s stocky stature may hide it, but the Englishman is deceptively quick, reaching number seven in the list.
6. Lionel Messi – 32.5 km/h
Messi’s dribbling, shooting and passing are often highlighted, but his pace is certainly one of the Argentine’s assets, too
5. Theo Walcott – 32.7 km/h
Arsenal are hoping to see Theo Walcott tearing down the wing again soon
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – 33.6 km/h
Cristiano Ronaldo combines pace and power to great effect and is the fourth fastest footballer in the world
3. Aaron Lennon – 33.8 km/h
Tottenham fans know all about the pace of Aaron Lennon, who is apparently even quicker than Walcott, Ronaldo and Robben