The 9 fastest players at Euro 2020

16 June 2021 07:55

Euro 2020 will see the best players from across the continent gather for a much needed festival of football.

With the tournament set to be played amid a heatwave there is likely to a lot of tiring defences at things wear on. This will be music to the ears of football's speedsters, who will be looking to take full advantage of any weary bones with their explosive pace.

The question is, which players at the tournament are quickest off the mark?

9. Leroy Sane

Sane is difficult to stop | BSR Agency/Getty Images

By his own admission, Leroy Sane did not have the best first season at Bayern Munich.

He only scored six goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances, although he did manage 10 assists. His production may have dwindled from his Manchester City days but his pace has not.

As per the Bundesliga, Sane clocked a top speed of 35.2 km/h last season.

8. Marcos Llorente

Llorente is an extremely versatile player | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

There are few positions that Marcos Llorente has not been deployed in throughout his career. Midfield, striker and now, right-back - and he has thrived regardless of where he has played.

You may not think of him as a speedster, but his one of his La Liga sprints last season reached 35.4 km/h. Not bad.

7. Kingsley Coman

Coman did not feature in France's Euro 2020 opener against Germany | John Berry/Getty Images

Kingsley Coman is a serial winner, scooping up domestic honours in every season of his career so far.

He is not a bad player either, with his main weapon being his blistering pace. The top speed he managed last term was an eye-watering 35.7 km/h.

6. Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe is one of the best players on the planet | Michael Molzar/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe is just 22 and is already a World Cup winner.

Since bursting onto the scene at Monaco, Mbappe has left a long trail of demoralised defenders in his wake. According to Ace Football, 36 km/h is the top speed he has far.

5. Marcus Rashford

Rashford's acceleration is legendary | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Once Marcus Rashford knocks the ball past you, you know you are in big trouble.

The Manchester United star possesses end product to complement his explosiveness as well. 36.3 km/h was the fastest speed he managed in the Premier League last season.

4. Phil Foden

Foden blends technique and physicality | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A top class technician and capable of reaching speeds up to 37.1 km/h, is there anything Phil Foden can't do?

Still only 21, it is scary to think what he might go on to accomplish over the next decade.

3. Caglar Soyuncu

Soyuncu is a real warrior | Filippo Monteforte - Pool/Getty Images

Well, this is a bit of a surprise.

Nobody could ever doubt Caglar Soyuncu's commitment to the cause, but few would describe him as a speed demon. The 37.5 km/h top speed he clocked during the 2019/2020 season would suggest otherwise.

2. Adama Traore

Traore applies baby oil to his arms to prevent his opponents pulling him back | ANP Sport/Getty Images

Adama Traore has to apply baby oil to his arms to prevent his opponents pulling him back - seriously.

Once he gets going the winger is capable of speeds as high as 37.78 km/h. This almost makes him the fastest player at Euro 2020.

1. Kyle Walker (England)

Walker is a speed demon | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Traore may be quick, but Kyle Walker is quicker.

The Manchester City man has been engining up and down the right flank for many years and shows little sign of slowing down. During the 2019/2020 season he clock a marginally faster top speed of 37.8 km/h for the Cityzens.

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Source: 90min