Speed is one of the most important attributes of a modern footballer. A player beating opponents with sheer pace gives so much joy to the eyes of spectators. Over the years, we have seen many speedsters blazing down the wing and dribbling past defenders to score a stunner which reflects the beauty of the game. Let us have a look at some of the fastest footballers in the world.
Before we proceed, let us tell you that this list is made on data and not on anybody’s opinion. Here are the top 10 fastest footballers in the world.
10. Marcus Rashford 36.32 kmph
Speed has become a fundamental attribute of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United and that devastating pace, particularly on the counter-attack, continues to be a potent weapon upfront.
Rashford has registered the quickest pace of any Red this campaign, after hitting 36.32 km/h against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford back in August.
9. Allan Saint-Maximin 36.69 kmph
Having made his Ligue 1 debut for Saint-Etienne in 2013, the French international was sold to Monaco two seasons later. After spending short loan spells at Hannover 96 and Bastia, he made a permanent move to Nice in 2017 before joining Premier League side Newcastle in the summer of 2019.
Known for his tricks and lightning pace, Maximin became an instant fan favorite helping his side stay afloat in the league. The 23-year old clocked a high speed of 36.7 km/h this season and is one of Steve Bruce’s main men in the squad.
=8. Bjorn Engels 36.85 kmph
Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels recorded a top speed of 22.9mph this season. His name in this list of fastest footballers in the world is a huge surprise considering his towering frame.
To put things into perspective, Usain Bolt was running at an average speed of 23mph when he won the 100m sprint in the 2009 World Championships.
=8. Kyle Walker 36.85 kmph
Pep Guardiola was wise enough to realise his vitality as a right-back who can trackback with ease given his explosive pace. Consistently remaining among the top full backs in the league along the years, Kyle has developed himself into a beast on the right flank.
He loves tearing apart opposing defenses with ease when required and banging in crosses to help his team with an extra edge over rivals. Notching up a top speed of 35.42 km/h once, he is one of the fastest players in the Premier League history.