Sometimes you can see a player run his lungs out and make a world-class goal and you’re thinking to yourself “he made so much money doing this, I wish I made this amount of money. My life sucks. I’ve done nothing with it.” But apart from the self-loathing and nihilism, it’s quite a beautiful thing to behold.
Let’s take a look at some of the fastest football players in the world. Do note that this list is limited by competitions that actually measure such a thing.
10. Alexis Sanchez – 30.1 km/h
The Arsenal winger is most known for his amazing speed, so it’s no surprise he made this list. He’s been pretty unhappy with his current club and wants to play the Champions League – but who can blame him, considering how good he is?
9. Franck Ribery – 30.7 km/h
The French winger has been playing with Bayern München for as long as anyone bothers to remember. He’s won quite a few prizes as a French international as well, and his speed has always been a huge factor of why he’s considered to be such a good player.
8. Wayne Rooney – 31.2 km/h
Wayne returned to Everton last summer, after playing for Manchester United for what seemed like a lifetime. He’s still one of the fastest strikers in the Premier League, although he’s had a few bad seasons now. Let’s hope returning to Everton can help him return to his earlier form.
7. Lionel Messi – 32.5 km/h
He was bound to be in this list, wasn’t he? La Liga (and especially Barcelona) is known for having very fast and technical players, and it’s not really possible to think of “fast and technical” football players and not say “Messi”.