Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale has been recognised for his velocity.
Whilst looking at comparisons with their own speedy player, Jürgen Damm, Mexican side Club Pachuca have revealed the results of a study, endorsed by FIFA, to discover who is the fastest footballer in the world, with the ball at his feet.
The results, published via media outlet Quadratin Hidalgo, demonstrated that in terms of hitting top speed whilst running with the ball, the clear leader is none other than Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale. Second is the Mexican player Jürgen Damm, followed in third spot by Manchester United flyer, Antonio Valencia.
Interestingly, Jürgen Damm could have been playing in the Premier League, having had not one, but two opportunities. He first impressed during trials with Manchester United, but they weren't able to make a move due to difficulties obtaining a work permit.
After demonstrating his qualities once signed for Pachuca, the next English side to come calling was Chelsea, although that interest was rejected by the Mexican club, with their vice-president Andrés Fassi explaining, as quoted in the Quadratin Hidalgo report: "He's still got plenty to offer Pachuca. He has a lot of objectives to achieve and we didn't feel it was the right time for him to leave us."
Meanwhile for Gareth Bale, very much maligned by the Spanish press of late for his displays with Real Madrid, something positive that will bring a smile to his face, showing clearly that in at least one regard, he's the very best in the world.
The top 10 list of players also makes for interesting viewing:
- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): 36.9 km/h
- Jürgen Damm (Pachuca): 35.23 km/h
- Antonio Valencia (Manchester United): 35.1 km/h
- Aaron Lennon (Tottenham): 33.8 km/h
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 33.6 km/h
- Theo Walcott (Arsenal): 32.7 km/h
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 32.5 km/h
- Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): 31.2 km/h
- Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich): 30.7 km/h
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid): 30.6 km/h