Sir Alex Ferguson saying: â€œRonaldo is just as fast with the ball as he is without itâ€¦ maybe even fasterâ€
Yes, he runs with the ball at the speed of light, he frightens and bypasses defenders with his dazzling moves, he flashes from one end of the field to the other in no time at allâ€¦
All these attributes make Cristiano â€œRocketâ€ Ronaldo the fastest man alive in the world of football according to Germanyâ€™s weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
The German study reveals that Cristiano Ronaldo clinches an average speed of 33,6 kilometers per hour while running with a ball at his feet during games.
In order words, the former Ballon dâ€™Or and UEFA player of the Year winner is just a little less fast than his good buddy and sprinter, Usain Bolt, who ran at around 37,578 kilometers per hour (without a ball) in Berlin last summer.
Barcelonaâ€™s Lionel Messi did not make it in the top five fastest players on the planet. Instead, Arjen Robben, Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, and Robin Van Persie completed the list.
To relive Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s dazzling pace and skill on the ball, go to Cristiano Ronaldo Fanâ€™s video gallery and watch the Portugal superstar executing his speed against Xerez, or any other team heâ€™s played against.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 33, 6 kph
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich): 32, 9 kph
Theo Walcott (Arsenal): 32, 7 kph
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal): 32, 1 kph
Angela Asante, CRF Chief Editor