Soccer has developed into a sport where extraordinary physical abilities are slowly surpassing talent. Of course, you can’t make it on the big stage without the talent and the sense of the game that many players are born with, but the physical side of the sport is taking hold of the game.
When you consider the fact that 22 players are trying to maneuver across a field that is 90 to 120 meters long and 45 to 90 meters wide, you’ll soon realize that massive strength and athleticism is a must for all players, as they are expected to endure at least 90 minutes of grueling clashes and sprints.
One of the key factors in terms of athleticism and skills is the speed of players. Many players have built their entire careers thanks to the fact that they can run and accelerate quickly, and the ones we are going to mention in this article are the very best of them. Check out our list of the top 5 fastest soccer players today.
1. Gareth Bale
Even though Garreth Bale is not having his best season in his career and continuously being marred by injuries, it can’t be overlooked how incredibly skilled he is. One of his major strengths is his speed.
The Real Madrid and Welsh national team striker is continuously ranked as the world’s fastest football player with a whopping 36.9 km sprint — one of the fastest records ever recorded. Last season, he scored only 8 goals in 26 appearances for Real Madrid, but hopefully, his speed can turn things around for him.
2. Kylian Mbappe
Once considered a football wunderkind, Kylian Mbappe has grown into an outright beast on the pitch, with football skills many of the older and more experienced players have never had. Mbappe has a deadly arsenal of skills, and his speed and acceleration are probably the most lethal of them all. Last season, he managed to win the World Cup with France and score 33 goals in Ligue 1 alone. His top speed is measured at 36 km per hour.
3. Orlando Berrio
Maybe Orlando Berrio is not so well known as other players on this list since he played mostly in South America and Brazilian clubs, but that certainly does not mean he is any less capable, especially when it comes to speed. Berrio can move at lightning speeds that reach 36 km/h. He plays on the right flank and is Flamengo’s go-to weapon in counter-attacks.
4. Theo Walcott
Another wing player and striker who rose to stardom thanks to his incredible speed is Everton’s Theo Walcott. Walcott started his career with Southampton before joining Arsenal for £5 million in 2006. He is well-adapt to changing the pace rapidly, and his lightning speed has been a nightmare for the defending players. He operates on the wing and is deadly on counter-attacks with top speed measured at 35.7 km/h. He played 37 matches last season where he scored 5 goals and racked up two assists.
5. Leroy Sane
Manchester City’s wing player Leroy Sane is considered to be one of the fastest players in the world. He clocked a top speed of 35.48 kilometers per hour, toppling down Jeremy Vardy’s record for the fastest sprint in the Premier League in 2017. He won the Premier League with Manchester City last season in a thrilling race with Liverpool and scored 10 goals.