Who is the Fastest Footballer in the World?By: The Offside | August 18th, 2009
Did everyone enjoy Usain Bolt taking the previous world record out back and doing it Old Yeller style over the weekend? (In case you missed it, that’s him above sans final stretch boasting.)
Given the important parallel between sprinting and football (that whole running thing), this leads to an important question: who is the fastest of them all? Just who is the fastest footballer on planet Earth?
Ive got one hint before we get started: it’s not Cristiano Ronaldo. And chances are they aren’t very good at football, but rather a superb athlete who bypassed track and field on their way to the pitch.
But there are some big name footballers deserving a mention (still not Ronaldo). Gabby Agbonlahor and Aaron Lennon come to mind, and Nike were nice enough to mount a competition to find a winner for us.
Well, not really, as that drill doesn’t include a straight line.
Theo Walcott comes to mind, but if I’m picking a pacy winger off the top of my head it’s Bari’s Edgar Alvarez, who has mythical pace and nothing else. There’s also Vladimir Bystrov of legendary status in Russia, while Chelsea fans will enjoy the blur that is his comrade Yuri Zhirkov a few times this year.
Though if we’re honest these days, it’s probably a Jamaican. But I’m fresh out of names.
Now there must be someone down in the dungeons who runs around with sound following in his wake, but everyone keeps darting by in my mind such that I can’t read the name on the back of the shirt, so suggestions are needed.