A lot of these top five and top 10 lists are based on opinion, such as the best five goalkeepers in the Premier League etc. However, this one is based on facts supplied by FIFA. According to Sepp Blatter’s organization these are the top 10 fastest footballers on the planet. I’ll give you their speeds in both kilometers and miles per hour.
1. Antonio Valencia-Man United
According to FIFA, Man United’s winger Antonio Valencia is the fastest footballer out there. The top speed for the 28-year-old Ecuadorian has been clocked at 35.2 kilometres per hour which is 21.9 miles per hour.
2. Gareth Bale-Real Madrid
Welshman Gareth Bale is now strutting his stuff over in Spain with Real Madrid rather than in the Premier League. The 24-year-old former Spur has reached 34.7 kilometres per hour which is 21.6 miles per hour.
3. Aaron Lennon-Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham’s English winger Aaron Lennon has always been a speedster down at White Hart Lane. He can reach up to 33.8 kilometres per hour which translates into 21 miles per hour.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo- Real Madrid
Portuguese international winger Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid can reach a speed of 33.6 kilometres per hour when he shifts into top gear. That’s good for 20.9 miles per hour.
5. Theo Walcott- Arsenal
English international forward Theo Walcott of Arsenal
has always been known to possess better than average speed, He’s been clocked
at a high of 32.7 kilometres per hour which is 20.3 miles per hour.
6. Lionel Messi-Barcelona
Lionel Messi is famous for his goal scoring ability, but the Argentine international forward who plays for Barcelona is also pretty fast. He has reached 32.5 kilometres per hour or 20.2 miles per hour.
7. Wayne Rooney-Manchester United
English international striker Wayne Rooney is quite a bit faster than he may look. Once he kicks it into top speed he’s hard to keep up with. He has been recorded at 32.1 kilometres per hour which is 19.9 miles per hour.
8. Franck Ribery-Bayern Munich
French international Franck Ribery, who plies his trade with German Bundesliga team Bayern Munich isn’t any slouch when it comes to the speed department as he’s been timed at 30.7 kilometres per hour or 19.1 miles per hour.
9. Arjen Robben-Bayern Munich
Dutch forward Arjen Robben of European and German champions Bayern Munich combines his speed and dribbling making him one of the world’s top players. He’s also reached a speed of 30.7 kilometres per hour in the past which translates to 19.1 miles per hour.
10. Alexis Sanchez-Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez, is a speedy Chilean winger who plays with Spain’s Barcelona has reached a top speed of 30.1 kilometres per hour. That’s 18.7 miles per hour for the 24-year-old.