This World Cup has produced some thrilling and fast-paced football so far. Every player’s running stats are tracked by FIFA at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Some of the fastest players in the world like Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Ousmane Dembele, Raheem Sterling, and Marcus Rashford does not even feature in the top 10. When everyone thought Mbappe would top the list, he did not even make it to the top 20.
England has four players in the top 20 which is the most of any country in the 2018 World Cup. Also, none of the players from top nations like Argentina, Germany, France, and Belgium feature in the top 20.
FIFA has published the list of top 20 fastest footballers in the 2018 World Cup and we take a look at the top five fastest footballers.
Other players in the Top 20: Maciej Rybus (Poland), Marquinhos (Brazil), Aleksandr Golovin (Russia), Dani Carvajal (Spain), Hirving Lozano (Mexico), Heechan Hwang (South Korea), Robbie Kruse (Australia), Marcos Urena (Costa Rica), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia), Mathew Leckie (Australia), Raheem Sterling (England), Bartosz Bereszynski (Poland), Johan Mojica (Colombia), and Marcus Rashford (England) takes the remaining spots in the top 20 with speeds of more than 33 km/h.
#5 Kyle Walker (England) and Jesse Lingard (England) – 33.5 km/h (tied)
The Three Lions are in the semifinals of the World Cup. They defeated Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinals to book their place in the top four. Harry Kane has scored six goals in the tournament and has led them well.
Kane’s teammates Kyle Walker and Jesse Lingard have been exceptional throughout the World Cup. Lingard has been a livewire in the World Cup and is providing the creative spark for Southgate’s side. He has scored a goal and assisted one more in the tournament so far.
Kyle Walker, on the other hand, is doing a great job at the back and provides the defensive stability. Both these players have shown tremendous pace in the tournament and clocked speeds of 33.5 km/h.
#4 Santiago Arias (Colombia) – 33.6 km/h
Though the Columbians were knocked out of the tournament, the 26-year-old from PSV Eindhoven showed some blistering pace in the tournament. He was one of the best fullbacks in Eredivisie with three goals and five assists during the 2017/18 season.
The PSV right-back Santiago Arias is the fourth fastest player in Russia. He reached speeds of 33.6 km/h during their round of clash against England on 3rd July.
Santiago Arias started all the games for Columbia in the 2018 World Cup and played well in the tournament. Serie A giants Napoli and Juventus are reportedly eyeing a summer deal for the PSV Eindhoven star.
3 Luis Advincula (Peru) – 33.8 km/h
Peru right-back Luis Advincula clocked the third-fastest speed in the World Cup. The 28-year-old set the pace during Peru’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their first game of the tournament in Russia.
Luis Advincula earlier reached 36.15 km/h during a game against Chivas in the Liga MX, eclipsing Gareth Bale’s record to become the fastest footballer in the world. He was reported to have covered 68.5 meters in 6.82 seconds when he created the record.
Advincula played all the games for Peru in the World Cup and did not miss a single minute. The Peruvian is currently playing with Lobos BUAP in Mexico’s top flight league.
#2 Ante Rebic (Croatia) – 34 km/h (tied)
Ante Rebic is one of the two players to clock 34 km/h in the 2018 World Cup. He reached speeds of 34 km/h during his side’s 1-1 draw against Denmark in the round of 16 game earlier in the week
The 24-year-old also registered 33.3 km/h against Nigeria in a Group D game last month. Rebic has been one of the star performers for Croatia in the tournament. Deployed on the right flank by his manager Zlatko Dalic, Rebic has played a stellar role in Croatia’s run to the semifinals of the tournament.
The Eintracht Frankfurt star has shown tremendous pace on numerous occasions in Russia and troubled the opponent’s defenders with his pacy bursts. He has scored a goal and registered 3.3 dribbles per game in the tournament.
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 34 km/h (tied)
Despite his age, Ronaldo has beaten some of the fastest footballers in the world to top this list. Though Portugal are knocked out of the World Cup, Ronaldo has played well in the tournament
Cristiano Ronaldo has clocked the joint-fastest speed in the World Cup. The 33-year-old Real Madrid star clocked 34 km/h in Portugal’s 3-3 draw against Spain on matchday one. Interestingly, Ronaldo registered a stunning hat-trick in that game.
He has managed to score four goals in the tournament but did not get enough support from his teammates to take them further. After his World Cup exploits, Ronaldo is currently second on the list of top scorers in international football.