The modern game has introduced many changes to the way in which football clubs set about winning matches, including the evolution of tactics and formations, state of the art facilities and equipment as well as sport science to ensure that conditioning is as effective as possible.
The one thing that is still valued as highly as anything else by managers transcending numerous footballing cultures across the globe is speed. That's right, raw pace and acceleration can be almost impossible to stop, no matter how sophisticated or advanced the tactics and preparation have been.
With the margins between the elite sides in world football so fine, pure speed can often tilt the balance, which is why it is desired so much by scouting networks around the world, often being attributed to the bulk of certain players' valuation, especially when breaking into first teams.
Here are 50 of the fastest players in world football. I have aimed to put together a list that best provides a combination of both sprinting ability, acceleration and speed with the ball.
Let me know if I have missed somebody that you think should be on the list and join the debate in the comments section below.