#10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has risen to prominence in the last couple of seasons and is now one of the most sought after strikers in the world. In his first season at Borussia Dortmund he was in the shadow of Robert Lewandowski, but since he left, he has just got better and better. One of the reason for his many goals is his sheer pace. The Gabonese striker is able to run onto through balls and is a deadly finisher. Voted as Africa’s best player it wouldn’t be a surprise to see many more accolades coming his way including a future Balon d’Or.
#9. George Best
The famous Northern Irishman was one of the biggest celebrities of the 1960’s when dazzled in the red of Manchester United and became of the most iconic players of all time. It’s said that many geniuses have flawed characters, and Best certainly fell into that category. A lot of players with his talent however don’t fulfil their potential, it may have been all too brief, but the world did get to see the greatest of George Best for a time. Part of what made him such a fearsome player was his speed and agility on the ball, which were a delight to watch.
Many players have skill, many have speed and many have talent. What many don’t have though is all three, and even rarer still is to put all those three together and maximise your ability, that’s exactly what Neymar has done. The Brazilian is carrying his nation and a vital part of his club. Another rare trait that he has is seemingly being able to run as quickly with the ball at his feet than without it, making him near impossible to stop. He has already achieved so much and is still young. He should be able to keep his pace for many years yet.
#7. Ryan Giggs
Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the best player to have played in the Premier League, Ryan Giggs would probably get the award for the leagues best player overall due to his incredible longevity in it. The Welshman had searing ace when he was younger which almost gets forgotten with how long he played without it, it was testament to him that he was able to keep up such a high level of performance when his legs weren’t quite as quick anymore. At his peak, they were blindingly past, making him one of the most feared and best wingers in Europe.
#6. Michael Owen
People forget that Michael Owen was the best player in the world at one point. He is resented by Liverpool fans for leaving them and eventually playing for Manchester United, and resented by everyone else for playing for Liverpool and Manchester United. Ending his career at Stoke, he was nowhere near the player he was during his Liverpool days. It’s hard to feel sorry for a multi-millionaire, but it was the various knee and hamstring injuries that did for Owen. Unlike the likes of Giggs, when his pace left him that was it, and he was unable to recover and adapt his game without that incredible burst of speed he had.
#5 Theo Walcott
Walcott has been known as a speed merchant ever since he broke onto the scene at Southampton and has been putting the fear into defenders ever since. Now at Arsenal he is able to show off his pace whether he is playing as a central striker or as a winger. He has been deadly on the counter attack throughout his career and it seems like injuries haven’t taken away from his overall speed. Walcott hasn’t been able to use his speed to the best of his ability and has often found himself on the bench at Arsenal and out of the England squad.
#4. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has developed himself into not only one of the best players in the world, but also one of the quickest. He Welshman has incredible speed and often burn past full backs in order to get away a shot or a cross. One instance that Bale showed his incredible pace was his winner vs Barcelona in the 2014 Copa Del Rey final where he took the ball near the hallway way line and was able to knock it past Bartra. The young defender tried to run him wide but Bale simply ran off the pitch and round him to come out ahead with the ball and slot it past the keeper.
#3. Thierry Henry
Has there ever been a player whose been able to use his pace to such devastating effect? I don’t think so. In his Arsenal days he had unbelievable speed and could glide past opponents almost like they weren’t there. The Frenchman light up the Premier League during his time in North London, when he got his move to Barcelona he had lost a little bit of his pace but was still a world class striker and managed to win the Champions League there. He is one of the fastest players of all time, but also one of the greatest strikers of all time.
#2. Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin is unbelievably quick and is currently the fastest player in the world. He has solved Arsenal’s problems at right back and has emerged as one of the best players in the league. He has shown his speed numerous times and can get up pitch at lightning pace in order to support his winger. He is also able to recover on any counter attack against his team and make sure he’s in the right position and can’t be beaten for pace by any winger. Arsenal fans will be hoping he can keep his pace for many years to come, as long as he stays at the club.
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is at that stage of his career where he is starting to lose his pace and adapting his game accordingly. Even though he is not as quick as he once was, he can still be ranked as one of the fastest footballers in the world. During his speed prime Ronaldo was lightning fast and could beat any defender for pace. These days those electric runs aren’t quite as frequent but can still beat most defenders. His feet still seem as quick as they ever were and is still a nightmare to mark. Most importantly, whilst his legs have slowed down slightly, his goal scoring hasn’t.