Fastest soccer players– Speed can be a very important asset in the game of football. The early days of the beautiful game saw more grits and strength but this is not the case in modern times. Generally, there have been many tactical developments and organization. Behind the success of some of these tactics is the speed of players.
The asset called speed has become so important that even defensive midfielders now need to recover fast enough after venturing forward. There have also been speedy central defenders emerging these days with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu being a recent example. So if all current speedsters in football should contest in a foot race. Who will have the edge? Here lies the answer on our list of the fastest soccer players in the world.
#10. NACHO FERNANDEZ
Nacho is one of the three defenders on this list as the Real Madrid defender ranks 10th. Nacho can play anywhere across the backline and has been with the Los Blancos team since 2011 having emerged from their youth system. Nacho has made over 100 appearances for Real Madrid and has a top speed of 34.62km/h.
#9. ALVARO ODRIOZOLA
Odriozola is a Real Madrid right-back currently on loan at Bayern Munich. The Spaniard was signed from Real Sociedad in 2018 and he has gone on to make 18 league appearances for Real. He has also played for them in the Champions League. Real Madrid definitely see him as one for the future as Dani Carvajal has pretty much made the right-back spot his own. That is why he was loaned to Bayern Munich. Odriozola’s top speed is 34.99km/h
#8. KINGSLEY COMAN
Koman might be one player PSG let go too early but the France winger has become a world class player on the flank. It is not an understatement that he is one of the most feared wingers in Europe because of his pace and dribbling ability. He moved to Juventus after leaving Parc des Princes and now stars for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Coman is nowhere near being the finished article yet as he is only 23 years of age. His top speed of 35km/h puts him among the fastest soccer players on the planet.
#7. MOHAMED SALAH
Salah might be rank seventh on this list but there are few defenders who will want to take on the Egyptian wing wizard in a foot race. Liverpool’s gain os definitely Chelsea’s loss as the goalscoring winger was on their books before they let him go. He has since played for Roma and Fiorentina and before returning to England. His goals have been crucial to Liverpool’s title charge and they may well be on their way to a first league title in decades. Salah is one of the fastest soccer players in the world with a 35.00km/h top speed.
#6. LEROY SANE
An ill-fated injury has ruled out Leroy Sane for much of the campaign and even before the suspension, he was not near returning to the pitch. Sane’s speed as a winger is added bonus to his other abilities but that has seemed to be his curse as well. His club and national team coach prefer a free flow passing game but it is obvious Sane will flourish in a more direct approach as far as tactics are concerned. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up at Bayern or Real Madrid someday. The Manchester City man has a top speed of 35.04km/h
#5. KYLE WALKER
The final defender on our list of fastest soccer players is another Manchester City player. Kyle Walker’s speed has been known by many since his days with Tottenham Hotspur. Since he moved to the Etihad, he has even become more explosive consistently marauding down the right flank. He is also able to produce venomous strikes when he takes the ball in his strides. He ranks fifth with a top speed of 35.21km/h.
#4. KARIM BELLARABI
Bellarabi was the fastest player in 2019 but he has been overtaken by some speed demons. The Germany winger plays for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany’s top flight and has been an important player for them season after season. It is worthy of remembrance that Bellarabi scored Bundeliga’s 50, 000th goal in 2017. His 35.27km/h top speed sees him take the number four spot.
#3. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG
Arsenal’s Aubameyang his renowned for scoring goals consistently and he has proven himself in Germany and England to be a fox in the box. Coupled with Auba’s scoring ability is a searing pace that leaves defender for dead in split seconds. This also allows him to play off the shoulder of defenders to pick up through balls as he did against Everton before the suspension of the season. Hos fastest player in the Premier League with a top speed of 35.50km/h.
#2. IÑAKI WILLIAMS
The Athletic Bilbao man is the third Spaniard on our list of fastest soccer players. He has been with the club with 2014 and broke into the first team due to Aritz Aduriz injury. The 25-year old has not disappointed being a source of goals for the Basque club. Apart from being a goalscorer, Williams is also a speedster with a top speed of 35.70km/h.
#1. KYLIAN MBAPPE
So who is the speed king? It is none other than the outstanding Kylian Mbappe. The versatile France forward has impressed since he burst on to the scene some four years ago and has since gone on to win the World Cup and other major honors in football. One can only wonder how good he will become seeing that he is only 21 years old. Mbappe’s 36.00km/h top speed sees him rank number one among the fastest soccer players in the world