England's new speed merchant revealed! Faster than Bale and Ronaldo

West Ham's famous youth academy is home to the quickest player ever to wear an England top, Matthias Fanimo.

If speed is a vital component of a modern footballer then Matthias Fanimo will soon be on the radar of the biggest clubs in the world.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are both renowned for their electric turns of pace but neither of the Real Madrid superstars are as quick as Fanimo.

Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott would put the wind up even the canniest of defenders with their rapid darts down the wing, but neither England international is as fast as young Fanimo.

Arjen Robben? He can forget it, too.

In fact, the only player who could catch the West Ham youth and England under 16,17 and 18 starlet is Manchester United's Antonio Valencia, who is currently regarded as the fastest player in the world.

Every West Ham academy player was fitted with a GPS device by their coaches which measured their speeds over the course of a match. The coaches then collated the results and posted them in the dressing room for the players to see.

What West Ham's starlets didn't realise is that their coaches would be comparing them to the world's best players who have been recorded wearing the same GPS equipment.

Yesterday Fanimo posted the results on his Twitter account with the message: "No doubt who's the quickest in the world kmt #StatsDontLie"

Fanimo, 20, born in Lambeth in London had a reading of 9.8, the same as Valencia, was 0.2 of a second faster than Bale, 0.4 more rapid than Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and 0.5 of a second ahead of Ballon D'Or winner and Champions League record breaker, Cristiano Ronaldo.

If Fanimo can balance this extreme pace with the craftiness, intelligence, touch, desire and big-game mentality of some of the other players on the above list, Franck Ribery and Wayne Rooney to name just two, then West Ham and Roy Hodgson could have the most frightening young prospect in the world at their disposal.

The goal in the video below for England U17 suggests pace is just one of Fanimo's assets.

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