World Football logoWorld Football

Cristiano Ronaldo and the 20 Most Blindingly Fast Footballers of All Time

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIJanuary 27, 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo and the 20 Most Blindingly Fast Footballers of All Time

1 of 21

    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

2 of 21

    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.

Cristiano Ronaldo

3 of 21

    Not that we really needed video evidence but still. I mean, he is already on the title slide.

Theo Walcott

4 of 21

    Lets face it, this is the first thing you think of when you think of Theo Walcott.

    Fast.

    I have to say, Javier Mascherano's showing some speed there himself, but, then again, Walcott was dribbling the ball.

Dennis Rommedahl

5 of 21

    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

6 of 21

    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.

Aaron Lennon

7 of 21

    Um yeah, that run past Evra and that run in the Mexico game?

    Fast. Really fast.

Gareth Bale

8 of 21

    We all know about what happened to Maicon but Bacary Sagna's no slouch either.

    So, well, yeah. Gareth Bale's just fast.

Ronaldo

9 of 21

    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

10 of 21

    George Best's incredible dribbling skills may have made him seem slower than he was.

    He was most definitely a fast player though.

Gabriel Agbonlahor

11 of 21

    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

12 of 21

    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

13 of 21

    Eusebio was most definitely a fast player.

    His goal here provides an example of the pace for which he is well known.

Samuel Eto'o

14 of 21

    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.

David Odonkor

15 of 21

    Being fast was pretty much David Odonkor's calling card.

    He made a decent enough career of it though. Good for him.

Luton Shelton

16 of 21

    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.

Marc Overmars

17 of 21

    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.

Kaka

18 of 21

    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

19 of 21

    Ryan Giggs is definitely on his best form here.

    He blows by opponents with ease, as we can see in this video.

Thierry Henry

20 of 21

    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

21 of 21

    Zbigniew Boniek was known for his pace and it shows here in this video. He is one of the fastest players in the game.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices