Speed is everything in football as it can hand attackers an advantage over defenders, potentially leading to a match-deciding moment. It can also help set them apart from their peers. Maybe even help propel them to raise their game to a higher level.
For many of us, though, there’s nothing better than watching a footballer race past defenders on sheer pace. It’s a pulse-raising moment that remains fixed in our minds long afterwards. We’ve seen quite a few of them in the past, courtesy of the likes of Thierry Henry and Gareth Bale.
Here is the list of the top 10 fastest football players around the world.
10. Nacho Fernandez
While the 31-year-old has struggled for regular game time this season, he’s lost none of his speed. Clocking 34.62 km/h makes him one of the quickest full-backs in the world.
So expect several clubs to queue up for Nacho’s services this summer should he end his career-long association with Real Madrid.
9. Alvaro Odriozola
Another Real Madrid full-back struggling to break into the line-up enters the top 10 list of the fastest football players in Odriozola.
The 25-year-old made just four La Liga appearances this season before joining Bayern Munich on loan in January. Things in Germany, however, haven’t gone well with Alvaro featuring just twice so far.
8. Kingsley Coman
The 24-year-old has bounced back superbly following a terrible bout of injuries. Ankle, back, ligament tear and joint problems were just a few of the setbacks he suffered over the last few seasons. Coman even considered calling time on his career at one stage.
And while the French winger has dealt with more injury woes this season, he’s lost none of his speed and is playing regularly for Bayern Munich once again.
7. Mohamed Salah
It’s been another solid season for Salah, with his strong pace helping him score 23 goals in the premier league. He also helped Liverpool to finish the league in the top 4 and narrowly missed out on the league title. He also won the Carabao and the FA cup this season.
The Egyptian star has now hit the 20-goal mark in each of his three seasons at Anfield.
6. Leroy Sane
Sane can provide any defence nightmares with his speed on any good day. He’s one of Germany’s great hopes for the future and hopefully we’ll see him back on the pitch soon.
He has been a key player for Bayern Munich as he helped them to win the Bundesliga title.
5. Kyle Walker
Next up is Sane’s former Man City team-mate Walker, who finishes as the Premier League’s fastest footballer on this list.
The 30-year-old remains a valuable part of Pep Guardiola’s squad despite the criticism for his recent defensive performances. With a top speed of 35.21 km/h, though, it’s not surprising the Catalan has kept faith in him.
4. Karim Bellarabi
The 31-year-old is the Bundesliga’s quickest footballer on a cool top speed of 35.27km/h. He’s been an ever-present figure in the Bayer Leverkusen squad for the last seven seasons, making more than 240 appearances in the process.
Karim Bellarabi is enjoying another decent season down the Leverkusen flanks despite the influx of young talent.
3. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is a Gabonese forward who is very dangerous especially on counter attacks. Aubameyang is considered as one of the best strikers in the world.
He is known for his pace, finishing and off the ball movement. He currently plays for Spanish giants Barcelona after making a move from Arsenal in January. Aubameyang is among the fastest players with whopping 35.5 km/h. It’s an impressive achievement, considering he will turn 33 this summer.
2. Iñaki Williams
The 26-year-old’s strong performances in La Liga in recent seasons has led to interest from top clubs, namely Manchester United
Iñaki is fast both on and off the ball, making him indispensable for Athletic Bilbao up front. He’s also capable of scoring and assisting goals on a regular basic.
1. Kylian Mbappe
To nobody’s surprise, Kylian Mbappe is crowned the world’s fastest football player in 2020 with a top speed of 36 km/h. For him, though, it’s just another accolade to his ever-growing list
The 22-year-old is the complete package as a striker through his explosive pace, quick feet, dribbling skills and finishing abilities.
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