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Top 20 Fastest Football Players in the World (2021)



Who are the top fastest football players in the world? Speed and pace are important parts of the football game. With these attributes, certain players have come into the limelight and have improved their games.

Moreover, many football managers like to use a fast attacking style as it rarely gives opponents the time to regroup, leaving them with no other option than to be defending. The only way to do this is via a fast football player. These guys are responsible for running through the defence line, delivering crosses, maintaining the game-high tempo and drawing fouls.

Nevertheless, the fastest players are mostly attacking wingers who support the main striker. It is common for them to cover up to 9 miles in a match whereas, other sportsmen rarely achieve 6 miles in a year. Listed below are the top 20 fastest football players in the world.

20. Rafa

Rafael Alexandre “Rafa” Fernandes Ferreira da Silva kicks off our list of the fastest football players in the world. The soccer athlete is an attacking player that plays for both Benfica and the Portugal national team. The Benfica skipper has made over 250 professional football appearances and is known for his speed and creativity in midfield.

19. Krépin Diatta

Krépin Diatta features on the list as the first African fastest player. The professional football player hails from Senegal and plays the role of a winger for a French outfit, AS Monaco. He has made over 90 appearances and is regarded as one of the best-attacking wingers in today’s football.

18. Chidera Ejuke

Chidera Ejuke is a Nigerian professional football player who plays for the Russian club, CSKA Moscow. The soccer athlete has made over 100 appearances and has played for Nigeria in the under 17 and 20 levels. Also, Ejuke made his first national appearance for Nigeria in 2020.

17. Nikola Mileusnić

Nikola Mileusnic is one of the top fastest football players in the world. The soccer athlete is an Australian attacking playmaker who plays for  Brisbane Roar. He has won two trophies in the course of his career and has an amazing speed average of 36km/h per match.

16. Tom Barkhuizen

Thomas John Barkhuizen is an English football soccer player. He currently plays for the English Championship side, Preston North End and has not yet played for a club outside the championship. The professional attacker is known for causing defenders problems in attack.

15. Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi Mouh is a Moroccan professional football player who plays as a winger. The soccer player currently has a contract with Paris St Germain of France. He has made over 30 professional football appearances with the Morocco national team and previously played for top clubs such as Borrusia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

14. Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane is a Senegal professional player. He currently plays for Liverpool of England and has won the champions league, Premier League, among others. The attacking winger is famous for his charity works in his home country and has formed a potent attacking trio with Muhammad Salah and Roberto Firmino.

13. Daniel James

Daniel James is a wales professional player that plays as an attacking winger. He is currently on a contract with Manchester United FC of England and has represented Wales in major tournaments. James is a fast player who is known for his good runs and crosses.

12. Vinícius Jr

Vinícius Jr is one of the fastest football players in the world. The Real Madrid attacker has a career that is hampered by injuries but despite the obstructions, his pace, skills, and speed remain at the top.

11. Adama Traoré

Adama Traoré is a Malian-Spanish professional football player. The attacking winger currently plays for Wolverhampton wanders of England and is known for causing threats with his speedy runs. Despite starting as a player who rarely run and attracted attention due to his dull working style, Adama now is one of the top fastest football players in the world.

10. Nacho Fernandez

Jose Ignacio Fernandez Iglesias is a Spanish professional defensive football player. The defender currently plays for Spanish giants, Real Madrid and has won several duels, intercepted attacks and claimed most aerial challenges.

9. Álvaro Odriozola

Álvaro Odriozola is one of the top fastest football players in the world. The Spanish professional footballer currently has a contract with Bayern Munich of Germany. He plays the role of a right-back attacker and has displayed performances that warrant his first-team spot.

8. Kingsley Coman

Kingsley Junior Coman is a French professional soccer athlete that is part of the Bayern Munich team. He has represented France in major tournaments and his speed, agility, dribbling skills and pace, are attributes that make him an asset.

7. Mohamed Salah

Mo Salah, fully known as Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian professional footballer. The attacking winger currently plays for Liverpool FC of England and is known for his scoring skills. Salah has an average speed of 35km/hr, a record only bettered by Kyle Walker of Manchester City and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal FC.

6. Leroy Sane

Leroy Aziz Sane is a German professional footballer player. He currently plays as an attacking winger for Bayern Munich FC of Germany. The professional attacker is one of the best wingers in the world. He possesses the ability to easily twist and turn defenders, deliver crosses and control the game tempo.

5. Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker is an English football player who is considered one of the best fast players in England. He currently plays for Manchester City FC of England and has won a host of trophies, including the premier league and FA cup. He has a speed of 23.49m/h and is presently enjoying a nice Manager-Player relationship with City boss, Pep Guardiola.

4. Karim Bellarabi

Karim Bellarabi is one of the “top four” fastest football players in the world. The German professional soccer player currently plays for the German outfit, Bayer Leverkusen FC. The attacking winger is known for his space and speed which has earned him a starting spot both for club and country.

3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre Merrick Aubameyang is a French-Gabonese professional footballer who is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. He is famous for his swift finishing, fast movement with the ball and team coordination. He plays for the Gabon national team and Arsenal FC of England and is the captain for both sides.

2. Iñaki Williams

Missing the top spot on the list, Naki Williams Arthur is the second-fastest player in the world. The Spanish professional football player currently plays for Athletic Bilbao of La Liga. He has not made any professional appearance for the Spanish national team yet but, has been called for the under 21. Williams is known for his speedy football style.


1. Kylian Mbappé

Beating all others on the list, the crown for the top fastest football player in the world goes to Kylian Mbappe. The French professional football attacker currently plays for Paris St Germain of France, alongside the world’s most expensive player, Neymar. He is known for his pace, speed, dribbling skills, shooting ability and twisting game style. Also, he is one of the prospective best players in the world.


Football is a game whose “interesting feature” is attributed to speed and pace. It is rare to find a successful team without a fast player. The above-listed football stars have an amazing level of speed which makes them valuable to their respective teams. Who are your fastest football players in the world?

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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