Cristiano Ronaldo ranks 7th in fastest players list

Ronaldo and Bale

Often dubbed the fastest player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo ranks only 7th now, according to a recently conducted speed survey.

The study was made by Mexican club C.F Pachuca, whose compiled findings were based on the maximum speed of the players over the past year. Interestingly, two of the greatest players to grace the sport, Ronaldo and Messi did not make the top five cut. There is no denying the Real Madrid talisman’s general gameplay has evolved from a once athletic and physical form to a more intelligent orientation.

Ronaldo in Manchester United
Ronaldo’s gameplay has become less physical and athletic in recent years

The dazzling youngster who once left his opponents huffing and puffing with his incredibly quick feet earlier in his career has now matured and adapted to a role where goalscoring is his superior specialty. On such grounds, his omission from the top ranks is quite justifiable. Better still, a seventh place finish isn’t an underachievement if the four-time Ballon d’Or winner’s age is taken into consideration.

Occupying the first position is the 32-year-old’s Real Madrid teammate, Gareth Bale. The Welshman, who usually sets the wings ablaze with his blistering pace, was taped at approximately 23 miles per hour.

Flamengo winger Orland Berrio finished second with 22.4 miles per hour and Mexican winger Jurgen Damm completed the top trio with a speed rating of 21.9 miles per hour. Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia and Dortmund’s Aubameyang followed at fourth and fifth with 21.8mph and 21.5mph respectively.

Ronaldo and Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate Gareth Bale was ranked the fastest player in the survey

Below is the list of the top 10 quickest players:

1. Gareth Bale: 22.9mph
2. Orlando Berrio: 22.4mph
3. Jurgen Damm: 21.9mph
4. Antonio Valencia: 21.8mph
5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 21.5mph
6. Aaron Lennon: 21mph
7. Cristiano Ronaldo: 20.9mph
8. Theo Walcott: 20.3mph
9. Lionel Messi: 20.2mph
10. Wayne Rooney- 19.4mph

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Emmanuel is a very vibrant writer from Ghana. Young but not small. Humble but full of hunger to learn and confidence to achieve greater heights in the world of online journalism. Emmanuel is passionate about the Beautiful Game with special love for English giants Manchester United and their former number 7 icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. In his leisure time, he loves writing and reading practically anything; old notes, e-books, articles... you name it! The Accra native and devoted Christian also loves drawing, swimming, watching and playing football both on the field and via FIFA video games. At times, Emmanuel loves to find himself alone at the beach and in nature.