Top 10 Fastest Football Players In The World

Fastest Football players- Speed can be a very important asset in the game of football. The early days of the beautiful game saw more grits and strength but this is not the case in modern times. Generally, there have been many tactical developments and organizations. Behind the success of some of these tactics is the speed of players.

The asset called speed has become so important that even defensive midfielders now need to recover fast enough after venturing forward. There have also been speedy central defenders emerging these days with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu being a recent example.

We all just want to watch players fly. We all love to see them blistering attacking and defending all at a high pace. Big names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have showcased their fastest speed during games. However, it still below the fastest players in world football of this current generation includes players like Mbappe, Inaki Williams, and Eric Haaland.

So if all current speedsters in football should contest in a foot race. Who will have the edge? Here is our list of the fastest football players in the world.

Who is Fastest Player in the World?

Kylian Mbappé
Kylian Mbappé is the world fastest player

Kylian Mbappé is currently the fastest player in the world with top speed at 36km/h (22.4mph), which puts him clear of Inaki Williams in second position with top speed at 35.7km/h. In the world of football Mbappé speed is the closest to The world fastest Man, Usain Bolt’s 44.72km/h (27.8mph),100m world record at 9.58 seconds in 2009.

Current Top 10 Fastest Football Players In The World

Below is the ranking of world football players with the highest pace in the last five seasons. Their top speed is measured in kilometer per hour (SI symbol: km/h; abbreviations: kmph or km/hr) is a unit of speed, That expresses the number of kilometers traveled in one hour.

RankPlayerTop Speed
1Kylian Mbappe36km/h
2Inaki Williams35.7km/h
3Emerick Aubameyang35.5km/h
4Karim Bellarabi35.27km/h
5Kyle Walker35.21km/h
6Leroy Sane35.04km/h
7Mohamed Salah35km/h
8Kingsley Coman35km/h
9Alvaro Odriozola34.99km/h
10Nacho Fernandez34.62km/h
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10. Nacho Fernandez – 34.62 km/h

Nacho Fernandez
Nacho Fernandez is the 10th world fastest player

Nacho is one of the three defenders on this list as the Real Madrid defender ranks 10th. Nacho can play anywhere across the backline and has been with the Los Blancos team since 2011 having emerged from their youth system. Nacho has made over 100 appearances for Real Madrid and has a top speed of 34.62km/h.

9. Alvaro Odriozola – 34.99 km/h

Alvaro Odriozola

Odriozola is a Real Madrid right-back currently on loan at Bayern Munich. The Spaniard was signed from Real Sociedad in 2018 and he has gone on to make 18 league appearances for Real. He has also played for them in the Champions League. Real Madrid definitely sees him as one for the future as Dani Carvajal has pretty much made the right-back spot his own. That is why he was loaned to Bayern Munich. Odriozola’s top speed is 34.99km/h

8. Kingsley Coman – 35 km/h

Kingsley Coman
Kingsley Coman is the 8th world fastest player

Koman might be one player PSG let go too early but the France winger has become a world-class player on the flank. It is not an understatement that he is one of the most feared wingers in Europe because of his pace and dribbling ability. He moved to Juventus after leaving Parc des Princes and now stars for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Coman is nowhere near being the finished article yet as he is only 23 years of age. His top speed of 35km/h puts him among the fastest players on the planet.

7. Mohamed Salah – 35 km/h

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah is the 7th world fastest player

Salah might be rank seventh on this list but there are few defenders who will want to take on the Egyptian wing wizard in a foot race. Liverpool’s gain is definitely Chelsea’s loss as the goalscoring winger was on their books before they let him go. He has since played for Roma and Fiorentina and before returning to England. His goals have been crucial to Liverpool’s title charge and they may well be on their way to a first league title in decades. Salah is one of the fastest players in the world with a 35.00km/h top speed.

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6. Leroy Sané – 35.04 km/h

Leroy Sané
Leroy Sané is the 6th world fastest player

An ill-fated injury has ruled out Leroy Sane for much of the campaign and even before the suspension, he was not near returning to the pitch. Sane’s speed as a winger is added bonus to his other abilities but that has seemed to be his curse as well. His club and national team coach prefer a free-flow passing game but it is obvious Sane will flourish in a more direct approach as far as tactics are concerned. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up at Bayern or Real Madrid someday. The Manchester City man has a top speed of 35.04km/h

5. Kyle Walker – 35.21 km/h

Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker is the 5th world fastest player

The final defender on our list of fastest football players is another Manchester City player. Kyle Walker’s speed has been known by many since his days with Tottenham Hotspur. Since he moved to the Etihad, he has even become more explosive consistently marauding down the right flank. He is also able to produce venomous strikes when he takes the ball in his strides. He ranks fifth with a top speed of 35.21km/h.

4. Karim Bellarabi – 35.27 km/h

Karim Bellarabi

Bellarabi was the fastest player in 2019 but he has been overtaken by some speed demons. The Germany winger plays for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany’s top flight and has been an important player for them season after season. It is worthy of remembrance that Bellarabi scored Bundesliga’s 50,000th goal in 2017. His 35.27km/h top speed sees him take the number four spot.

3. Emerick Aubameyang – 35.5 km/h

Emerick Aubameyang
Emerick Aubameyang is the 3rd world fastest player

Arsenal’s Aubameyang is renowned for scoring goals consistently and he has proven himself in Germany and England to be a fox in the box. Coupled with Auba’s scoring ability is a searing pace that leaves the defender dead in split seconds. This also allows him to play off the shoulder of defenders to pick up through balls as he did against Everton before the suspension of the season. Hos the fastest player in the Premier League with a top speed of 35.50km/h.

2. Iñaki Williams – 35.7km/h

Iñaki Williams
Iñaki Williams is the 2nd world fastest player

The Athletic Bilbao man is the third Spaniard on our list of fastest players in the world. He has been with the club since 2014 and broke into the first team due to Aritz Aduriz’s injury. The 25-year old has not disappointed being a source of goals for the Basque club. Apart from being a goal scorer, Williams is also a speedster with a top speed of 35.70km/h.

1. Kylian Mbappé – 36 km/h


The fastest player in the world is none other than the outstanding Kylian Mbappe. The versatile France forward has impressed since he burst onto the scene some four years ago and has since gone on to win the World Cup and other major honors in football. One can only wonder how good he will become seeing that he is only 21 years old. Mbappe’s 36.00km/h top speed sees him rank number one among the fastest football players in the world.

Top 20 Fastest Football Players Since the Last Decade

Kylian Mbappe is still yet to break the Alphonso Davies speed record of 36.51 km/h set 7 years ago. Below is the ranking of world football players with the highest pace in the last ten seasons:

RankingFootballerTop Speed
1Alphonso Davies36.51 km/h
2Achraf Hakimi36.48 km/h
3Adama Traore36.25 km/h
4Kylian Mbappé36.08 km/h
5Erling Haaland36.04 km/h
6Inaki Williams35.70 km/h
7Emerick Aubameyang35.50 km/h
8Karim Bellarabi35.27 km/h
9Kyle Walker35.21 km/h
10Leroy Sané 35.08 km/h
11Mohamed Salah35.05km/h
12Kingsley Coman35.03 km/h
13Jamie Vardy35.02 km/h
14Alvaro Odriozola34.99 km/h
15Gareth Bale34.90 km/h
16Nacho Fernandez34.62 km/h
17Sadio Mane34.60 km/h
18Eric Bailly34.50 km/h
19Cristiano Ronaldo33.60 km/h
20Lionel Messi32.50 km/h
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Ranking of the current top 10 fastest football players in the world

  1. Kylian Mbappé – 36km/h
  2. Inaki Williams – 35.7km/h
  3. Emerick Aubameyang – 35.5km/h
  4. Karim Bellarabi – 35.27km/h
  5. Kyle Walker – 35.21km/h
  6. Leroy Sané – 35.04km/h
  7. Mohamed Salah – 35km/h
  8. Kingsley Coman – 35km/h
  9. Alvaro Odriozola – 34.99km/h
  10. Nacho Fernandez – 34.62km/h

The above is all information about the fastest football players in the world. Football is very interesting when players are skillful and also have a great pace at the same time. They are people who bring the great time we expect in the football world.

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