VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Cristiano Ronaldo’s unbelievable pace
The dust has settled from what might be the final Clasico of the 2014/15 season, and figments of the Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo debate have reasserted themselves at the forefront of footballing conversation.
When you think about what makes both players unbelievably effective attackers, pace is probably the most obvious aesthetic quality that they share. A university study in America comparing them suggested that Messi was faster than Ronaldo over five yards, but Ronaldo’s top speed was better than Messi’s. That’s probably not too surprising considering their physiques.
This video, anyway, from a Madrid derby in 2013, shows Ronaldo cover a staggering 96m in 9.6 seconds. That’s near on Olympic pace. And this was in the 77th minute of the game. It’s utterly remarkable.
The University of Coruna in Spain has argued that both players are the fasted in footballing history when in possession of the ball. That, amongst their other superlative qualities, make them superstars in the offensive field of footballing play.
Bonus: Despite the ridiculousness of that clip, the fasted movements ever recorded on a field in footballing history are very contemporary. Arjen Robben travelled at 37km/h at the 2014 World Cup, aged 30.
Another bonus: The top speed recorded in the Premier League this year was 35.3km/h. Take a bow, Moussa Sissoko.