Speed is an important skill to have in football. High speed bursts are important in counter attacks and defending counter attacks. There are some players that are so fast that once they break through the defensive line no one can catch them till they reach the goalpost. Whether they are able to score or not depends a lot on the opposition goalkeeper and the particular situation but what matters is that these players create an opportunity out of nowhere because of their speed. Here are the top 10 fastest professional football players.
10. Ignazio Abate, Milan, Italy:
Abate is an Italian footballer who is a fullback and known for his quick sprints down the right wing. He plays for Milan in Serie A. His father too was a footballer and goalkeeper for Italy. Wingers are known for their speed and Ignazio Abate is one of the fastest in the world.
9. Aaron Lennon, Spurs, England:
Aaron Lennon is another defensive right winger that has got very good speed. He plays for England and Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. He is the son of a Jamaican father and an Irish mother and is known to be one of the fastest players in the Premier League.
8. Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich, Netherlands:
Arjen Robben is a Dutch player who is known for his speed. He plays as a forward but is more of a winger. His style of play is all about speed as he routinely bursts through the opposition’s defensive line. He plays for Bayern Munich in Bundesliga and has played for Chelsea and Real Madrid as well.
7. Lucas Moura, Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil:
Lucas Moura is another attacking midfielder that relies on speed. He is a Brazilian footballer and used to play for Sao Paulo and then moved to Paris Saint-Germain of the French Ligue 1. He is known for his attacks as a winger that rely on speed and surprise.
6. Victor Ibarbo, Cagliari, Colombia:
Victor Ibarbo is a striker and strikers with speed are a dangerous breed of players. They are a headache for the defenders who have to work hard to always stay with such strikers. Victor is Columbian and plays for Cagliari in Serie A. On 11 May 2013, Ibarbo scored a wonder goal against Juventus when he ran all the way from his own half, beating both defenders for speed and then beating the goal keeper.
5. Ryo Miyachi, Arsenal, Japan:
Ryo Miyachi is a Japanese footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League. He plays as a winger and is known for high speed and trickery on the ball. With him and Theo Walcott in Arsenal they really can afford to play very fast paced football. Theo Walcott himself has praised Miyachi’s speed.
4. Marvell Wynne, Colorado Rapids, USA:
Marvell Wynne is an American soccer player as they call it in USA. He plays for the Colorado Rapids and is a center back player. Having a center back with speed is a great advantage for any side as he’ll be able to control most strikers and forwards of the opposition and so is the case with Wynne.
3. Joffre Guerron, Beijing Guoan, Colombia:
Joffre David Guerron Mendez is a footballer from Ecuador and plays for Beijing Guaon, a Chinese Super League club in China. He is a right winger. He is a truly explosive player which is obvious from his nickname “Dinamita” which in Spanish means dynamite.
2. Jonathan Biabiany, Parma, France:
Jonathan Biabiany is a French player who plays for Serie A club Parma. He is a striker and winger and is known as one of the fastest footballers in the world. He has great acceleration and very high pace with the ball which make him a dangerous striker.
1. Theo Walcott, Arsenal, England:
Theo Walcott is an English footballer who plays for Arsenal. He is a forward with incredible speed. At full acceleration his speed has been measured to be over 22 miles per hour. He is known widely as the fastest footballer in the world and won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006. He is the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England.