Speed is very important 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. There’s nothing better than watching a footballer race past opponents on sheer pace. It’s a pulse-raising moment that remains fixed in our minds long afterward.
In this article, we will be having a look at the fastest football players in the world based on overall speed, and not just top speed. To feature in this list, a player needs to be consistently fast rather than just registering a single very-fast sprint. We also have a list of fastest footballers in the world based on top speed.
Here are the 10 fastest football players in the world.
5. Inaki Williams
The Athletic Bilbao forward is rapid. Iñaki is fast both on and off the ball, making him indispensable for Athletic Bilbao upfront. He’s also capable of scoring and assisting goals on a regular basis.
He’s proved he’s more than just goals in recent years and has even attracted the attention of Manchester United. The Manchester club was looking to splash £81million on the forward last summer, however, he later signed a new contract with the Spanish club instead.
4. Gareth Bale
Despite his lack of playing time in recent seasons, Gareth Bale has always been one of the fastest players in the world. Bale has tremendous upper body strength and he uses it to great effect.
He may not be the first choice for his club right now, but he has still managed to clock a whopping 36.9 kph on the pitch. This puts him clearly ahead of the competition and makes him one of the fastest football players in the world.
3. Leroy Sane
The 23-year old German international is enjoying his prime spell at Manchester City this season, displaying brilliant runs and majestic ball-play in the limited chances he has been given. Very few people knew who he was before City broke their banks upon Guardiola’s arrival in a £37 million deal with FC Schalke 04 for the young winger.
Clocking a top speed of 35.48 km/h in a game against Chelsea on 30th Sept 2017, Sane is a real threat to defenders in the League and has been growing into a more lethal product under Guardiola. One of his highlights at City was when he outpaced one of the quickest of the league, Hector Bellerin to score a splendid goal for the Blues. Since then, there is no turning back for Sane as he continues to torment opposition defenses with his sheer pace.