Who is the fastest football player in the world? Everyone will tend to say Cristiano Ronaldo or Theo Walcott or Gareth Bale. But, surprisingly they are not the top fastest player in the planet.
According to the report released by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is the world’s fastest football player. Antonio Valencia tops the list with a recorded speed of 35.1 kilometers per hour. Real Madrid’s record signing Gareth Bale (34.7 km per hour) gets the second spot while Tottenham speedster Aaron Lennon (33.8 km per hour) completes the top three list.
More surprisingly, Arsenal star Theo Walcott who is considered as one of the top speeding bullets in the footballing world just managed to get the 5th place in the top 10 list. Soccersouls believes that FIFA considered the speed of the players with the ball. Without the ball, Theo Walcott is easily the fastest among the others in the list.
Here is the full list,
Top 10 the fastest football players in the world:
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) 35.1 km / h
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 34.7 km / h
Aaron Lennon (Everton) 33.8 km / h
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 33.6 km / h
Theo Walcott (Arsenal FC) 32.7 km / h
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 32.5 km / h
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 31.2 km / h
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) 30.7 km / h
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) 30.4 km / h
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) 30.1 km / h
Watch Valencia’s Antonio Valencia’s high-speed darting run (video),