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.
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.
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