With the rise in the athleticism of players, speed is becoming a vital factor in modern football. Slow footballers are now seen as a partial liability, but for those blessed with speed, the world is out there to be conquered. And with the Euros now underway, here are some of the fastest players in the tournament:
9. Ante Rebić (Croatia): 35.1 km/h
The Croatian was the third-fastest player in the 2018 World Cup and clicked the high speed during his time with Eintracht Frankfurt.
8. Leroy Sané (Germany): 35.23 km/h
While the German is the fastest player in his squad, he is the second fastest player from the Bayern Munich squad in the Euros.
7. Kingsley Coman (France): 35.68 km/h
Sane’s partner on the wings, Kingsley Coman is the fastest Bayern Munich player in the Euros. However, in a role reversal, he isn’t the fastest for his nation.
6. Kylian Mbappé (France): 36km/h
Mbappe is among the fastest attackers in the world. And what makes him even more deadly is his skill on the ball and his ability to finish. His top speed was recorded in 2020.
5. Marcus Rashford (England): 36.32 km/h
The Manchester United man was clocked at this speed against Crystal Palace a while ago. He isn’t the only Manchester United player to be represented, though.
4. Daniel James (Wales): 36.8 km/h
Although the Welsh winger doesn’t feature as often for Manchester United, he is the fastest in the squad. And he even exceeds Mbappe, Sane and Coman.
3. Phil Foden (England): 37.1 km/h
While he might not appear the fastest on the pitch, Foden has rapid acceleration which makes him among the fastest players in the continent.
2. Çağlar Söyüncü (Turkey): 37.55 km/h
The most surprising inclusion in the list, since Soyuncu is not really known for his speed. However, the Turkish centre-back is among the fastest in the tournament. .
1. Kyle Walker (England): 37.8 km/h
The Manchester City right back is the fastest player at the Euros and surpasses the attackers at the tournament, who are blazing fast in their own right.