Speed is an important attribute associated with the modern day footballer, but who's the fastest of them all?


Many studies have been conducted to find out who are the top speedstars in world football and although different rankings always seem to emerge, a few names always keep coming back.


Forget the record speeds that seem to be "clocked" at convenient times, here is a general guide to the 14 Fastest Players in the World...


1. Gareth Bale

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Formerly the world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale can at least still claim to be the planet's fastest footballer, according to a study from Mexico club Pachuca. The Real Madrid superstar has pace to burn and defenders can barely keep up with him, as Marc Bartra knows all too well from the 2014 Copa del Rey final.


2. Antonio Valencia

Manchester United v Watford - Premier League

The Ecuadorian right back has not let his age get in the way of his key attribute; speed. The long serving Manchester United man continues to dominate the right side of the pitch, with defenders constantly surprised as to how quickly the former Wigan Athletic winger gets down the line.


3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Dortmund's in-demand striker is arguably one of the most dangerous players in the world when he is through on goal and it is his phenomenal pace that normally gets him in positions to maintain his impressive goal ratio. The Gabon international has been at the Signal Iduna Park since signing from Saint-Etienne in 2013.


4. Hector Bellerin

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

Bellerin has the potential to become the best full back in the world and a lot of that promise is based on his speed. The Spanish international's incredible ability to join the attack when needed or make that last ditch tackle when all hope seemed lost really sets him part from slower opponents.


5. Arjen Robben

Bayern Muenchen v VfL Wolfsburg - DFB Cup Round Of 16

He may not be on the list for too much longer but Bayern Munich winger still has it for the meantime. Robben has always been known to be lightning fast, but his best display of pace came in the 2014 World Cup when he outran Sergio Ramos and the entire Spanish defence during the Netherlands' famous 5-1 win. 


6. Aaron Lennon

Aston Villa v Everton - Premier League

Aaron Lennon has and always will be all about pace. The Everton winger has built a career on being the fastest player on most pitches and his electrifying displays for Tottenham Hotspur earned him multiple call ups to the England national team as a result.


7. Orlando Berrio

Atletico Nacional v Kashima Antlers - FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final

Brazilian top flight side Flamengo recently shelled out $3.5m for Colombian forward Orlando Berrio, but really they were paying top dollar for his rapid movement. The 26-year-old, who gained prominence playing for Atletico Nacional, is now part of the national team set up as well.



8. Inaki Williams

Athletic Club v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Atletico Bilbao have an impressive track record of producing young talent off their Basque conveyor belt and Inaki Williams could well be the most exciting of the lot. The 22-year-old has pace to burn and is a complete nightmare for La Liga defenders.


9. Kyle Walker

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley - Premier League

A key component to Spurs' success this season has been the formation change which has converted Kyle Walker and Danny Rose into wing backs. This has given the former even more opportunities to show off his immense acceleration, which he often utilises when bombing down the right flank.


10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid CF v Real Sociedad de Futbol - La Liga

The 2016 Ballon d'Or winner is frighteningly fast when he is running with the ball and although some of his other qualities take the limelight ahead of his burst of pace, there is no doubting the fact that the Real Madrid superstar is one of the fastest players currently in the world of football.


11. Jurgen Damm 

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The 24-year-old Mexican international winger is not such a household name in Europe, but a quick peek into a montage of his best plays on YouTube will convince just how speedy Damm is. The UANL midfielder was recently clocked to have hit a top speed of over 35km per hour, which is pretty much as fast as it gets on a football pitch.


12. DeAndre Yedlin

Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship

Spurs fans only got to see a glimmer of DeAndre Yedlin's almost inhumane speed, before he was deemed below par and shipped off to Newcastle United. The United States international full back may lack some of the more technical qualities needed to compete at the highest level of football, but don't even bother challenging him to a foot race.


13. Theo Walcott

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Arsenal's iconic speedstar has all the attributes needed in either a wideman role or up top, yet Walcott doesn't seem to fit into either. Nonetheless, the seasoned England international continues to take advantage of his quick legs to consistently score goals each season in the Premier League.


14. Lionel Messi

Real Betis Balompie v FC Barcelona - La Liga

No list on the fastest players in football would be complete without the inclusion of Barcelona's Lionel Messi. The world's best player according to many, Messi is simply unstoppable when running with the ball as a result of his pace, which leads to most opponents having to hack him down.



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