Speed is an important factor in all sports, and things are no different in football.
There have been a lot of fast players to play the game, and some of them have even been the best players in the game.
A race, or set of races, would definitely be the easiest way to settle the debate about the fastest players, but that will never happen for a number of reasons—one being that some players on this list are retired.
In any case, we will try and sort out who are some of the fastest players to have played the game.
Here they are. Enjoy.
Marvell Wynne ran a 100m race in 10.39 seconds as a high school senior. Wynne is one of the few players who was an official time to back up the fact that he is fast.
I mean, its something that should be obvious to anyone who sees people running. But you definitely can't argue with a 10.39 seconds—in high school at that.
Not that we really needed video evidence but still. I mean, he is already on the title slide.
Lets face it, this is the first thing you think of when you think of Theo Walcott.
I have to say, Javier Mascherano's showing some speed there himself, but, then again, Walcott was dribbling the ball.
Dennis Rommedahl may be up there in age now but during his prime, he was always one of the fastest players, if not the fastest player, on the pitch.
Claudio Caniggia is thought to be one of the fastest ever to play the game.
I'm pretty sure that's why the Cameroonian players were so intent on stopping him from getting into full stride.
Um yeah, that run past Evra and that run in the Mexico game?
Fast. Really fast.
We all know about what happened to Maicon but Bacary Sagna's no slouch either.
So, well, yeah. Gareth Bale's just fast.
If you watch from about the 2.17 mark of this video, you will see more impressive displays of speed from Ronaldo.
Wonder what would have happened if injuries hadn't slowed him down.
George Best's incredible dribbling skills may have made him seem slower than he was.
He was most definitely a fast player though.
Another Englishman makes the list and deservedly so.
It might be interesting to see a race between the English track stars and their footballing counterparts.
Djibril Cisse: "Um, hey you, wanna race?"
Defender: "Not really, we're in the middle of a game."
Cisse: "Okay, ready set go."
[Kicks ball and runs]
[Gets cross in]
Cisse: "I win."
Eusebio was most definitely a fast player.
His goal here provides an example of the pace for which he is well known.
That wasn't your usual kick and run either.
Eto'o actually sort of had the ball under control there.
This is another great example of his speed. He almost got back up and got the ball before anyone else too.
Being fast was pretty much David Odonkor's calling card.
He made a decent enough career of it though. Good for him.
Luton Shelton received some praise for his speed in a preseason game against Barcelona.
“Luton Shelton was extremely fast,” the coach told Aftenposten — a Norwegian newspaper.
“He is from Jamaica, so maybe he is the son of Usain Bolt”, the former Spanish international joked."
It has also been reported that he ran a 40 meter time of 4.47 seconds.
So this is an interesting clip.
I would like to hear people's views on this. In any case, Marc Overmars was always a fast player.
In case you're wondering if Lionel Messi will be on this list. Probably not.
That's Kaka outrunning him—with the ball.
Ryan Giggs is definitely on his best form here.
He blows by opponents with ease, as we can see in this video.
That's just a taste of what Thierry Henry could do. He has definitely been one of the fastest players in the game.
Zbigniew Boniek was known for his pace and it shows here in this video. He is one of the fastest players in the game.