Ex-Chelsea star becomes 'fastest ever' footballer, ahead of Valencia and Walcott

Sneijder, Robben and De Jong Netherlands

Former Chelsea star Arjen Robben set a football record against Spain, bettering Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Manchester United's Antonio Valencia.

Holland international Arjen Robben's rapid pace has landed him a place in the World Cup record books.

The Bayern Munich winger set a record sprint during his run which swept Sergio Ramos aside for his side's fifth goal against Spain.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report that Robben is the 'fastest footballer ever', registering a top sprint speed of 37 kilometres per hour.

The speed registered by the former Chelsea dangerman is the fastest since records began, with the defender he left trailing in his wake, Sergio Ramos peaked at 30.6 kph.

De Telegraaf claims the previous in-game record was previously held by Arsenal's Theo Walcott, at 35.4 kph.

However a recent FIFA study recorded Walcott at just 32.7kph, and cited Manchester United's Antonio Valencia as the most rapid, at 35.1 kph.

In either case, Robben's breakneck speed amid the demolition was a new best, and demonstrated just why he is regarded almost in a class of his own when it comes to wingers in world football.

If only Chelsea had managed to hang onto him...

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