The Real Footie Analyst

The Fastest Players in World Football XI

1. GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

It’s hard to judge a goalkeeper as they don’t do much running on the pitch, but England shot stopper Joe Hart is lightening quick. He showed us all how fast he really was after he ran back from the box in the final seconds of the Manchester Derby.

He charged down the pitch after United counter attacked, leaving all his fellow defenders behind him to save them from conceding a second.  Nobody could quite believe how quick Hart was.

2. RB – Ignazio Abate (AC Milan)

The Italian is one of the quickest defenders in the world.

Abate’s best asset is pace and for a while it seemed like his only asset. But this season he has come on leaps and bounds and is slowly becoming a regular in the Milan side.

3. CB – Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)

The defender was tipped to become an athlete as a youngster after clocking a time of 10.39 seconds in the 100m as a senior in high school.

Ironically, he plays for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS and is officially the world’s fastest professional footballer.

The 27-year-old has played for the New York Red Bulls and Toronto as well as Colorado Rapids.

thiago-silva4. CB – Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain)

PSG spent a huge £42 million on the Brazilian defender because of his pace, power and composure.

The centre back has speed in abundance. This season he has been prolific and a number of pacey strikers have not been able to pass the 29-year-old for the French side.

The combination of speed, agility and power has seen the Defender labelled as one of the best in the world, even earning him a deserved place in the FIFPro team of the year.

5. LB – Gael Clichy (Manchester City)

The Frenchman still has to be one of the fastest defenders in Europe despite his re-occurring injury problems that have hampered the 28-year-old’s career.

When fit, he can be a consistent performer who brings bags of pace to the squad. His marauding runs and overlaps can be a dangerous asset, as shown here in the clip from when he played for Arsenal a few years back.

100% fully fit, he can be one of the best defenders in the league.

6. LM – Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

You may want to ask former Inter Milan defender Maicon about how fast Gareth Bale is.

He made the Brazilian look slow in the 2010 Champions League tie as he battered the Italians on his own.

The Welshman was clocked at a speed of 25mph against Villareal this season. One of the quickest in La Liga and around the world.

7. CM – Ramires (Chelsea)

The Chelsea star may not be the most skillful or flamboyant of players, but he makes up with it with pace. Lots of it.

He is extremely quick and has the stamina to back his play up, tracking back at every available opportunity.

A key player who gives the team speed and acceleration.

8. RM – Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

The England international began showing signs of speed at an early age.

He recorded a time of 11.52 seconds in a 100m sprint as a 14-year-old and is now running just under 10.6 seconds, burning top Premier League defenders week in-week out for Arsenal.

cristiano-ronaldo-real-madrid19. AMC – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Ballon d’Or winner once ran 96 metres in 10 seconds in a match against Atletico Madrid in 2012.

The Portugese star is known for his fantastic dribbling skills and is one of the best in the world for using his pace to go past players.

He once famously raced a Bugatti Veyron and matched it’s speed, unfortunately it was only a commercial. If only Cristiano, if only.

10. ST – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

The French-Gabonese striker once covered 30 metres in an incredible 3.7 seconds. This is faster than Usain Bolt ran at the start of his record-breaking 100m race in Berlin 2009.

The Dortmund striker has impressed since joining the German side, scoring 10 goals in 17 games. His ability to run past players with his lightning speed is a main factor in his successful scoring run over the past few seasons.

The forward has many years ahead of him at the age of 24. There is an exciting future ahead for sure.

11. ST – Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)

The Aston Villa striker is one of the fastest players in the Premier League at the moment. The 26-year-old is capable of running the 100m sprint in 10.98 seconds.

The Englishman is another player who has struggled with injury in the past couple of seasons, but when on form he can be deadly infront of goal with his unpredictable bursts of pace.

He is the Villans’ all time leading goalscorer in the Premier League, scoring 66 goals since 2005.


And here is a video of how quick Cristiano Ronaldo can be!

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