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Top 10 fastest footballers in UEFA Champions League 2022-23

Published at :November 12, 2022 at 10:47 PM
Modified at :August 22, 2023 at 9:36 PM
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These players were a menace to the opposition's defence with their pace.

Every player possesses a unique set of skills, one of which is speed; nevertheless, if you lack speed, you will be unable to perform many of the tasks required in football on the field. If you are quick on the field, you can take on 2-3 defenders and cover a lot of ground with your mobility. And the pace is a crucial factor for players in the modern game.

We have a lot of quick athletes in football, and once they get past you, good luck catching them. This list includes the top ten fastest footballers on the pitch in UEFA Champions League 2022-23.

10. Rafa Silva – 35.9 (km/h)

Rafa Silva Fastest Footballers Champions League
Silva scored a brace against Juventus in the UCL (Courtesy: UK Daily News)

Rafa Silva is having a productive season with Benfica. Imagine a group that includes PSG and Juventus, but Benfica came out on top on goal difference, owing to numerous vital goals from Rafa Silva, who has been the club's finest performer. Silva is an offensive midfielder who can also play on the wings.

He is one of the fastest players on the field and displayed top performances in the Champions League, which saw him set a high speed of 35.9 km/h.

8. Moussa Diaby – 36.1 (km/h)

The 23-year-old is another talented player with a 36.1 (km/h) average and was an important player for Bayern Leverkusen. Although the club did not qualify, Moussa earned a place in an exclusive list of football's most prestigious competition. Moussa is agile, and his agility on the field aids him in making transitions on the field. He can pull defenders out of their positions with his pace, allowing the team to create space to exploit.

8. Karim Adeyemi – 36.1 (km/h)

Karim Adeyemi
Adeyemi is one of the most exciting youngsters to watch out for (Courtesy:

Karim Adeyemi has been a sensation this season, proving his mettle in European competition at the age of 20. The forward is another youngster making an impression and has already suggested that he could be a future prospect. Adeyemi is a talented, extremely nimble player, ranking sixth in the Champions League fastest footballers list with a speed of 36.1 km/h. Dortmund will need his pace on the pitch to open up spaces and play through the lines.

7. Nuno Tavares – 36.2 (km/h)

This season, a highly gifted Marseille player made an immediate impact in the Champions League against top teams. Nuno Tavares is already regarded as one of Europe's top full-backs. His agility and quickness on the field distinguish him. Marseille did not advance to the final stage, but Tavares has certainly made his imprint on the Champions League. He is ranked fifth as the fastest player in the competition with an average pace of 36.2 (km/h).

6. Federico Valverde -36.3 (km/h)

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Valverde has been Real Madrid's best player this season (Courtesy: The Real Champs)

Federico Valverde made a fantastic contribution for Real Madrid this season, banging in goal after goal in important matches. He has become such a vital part of the club that his absence has harmed the club's performance. Valverde is unquestionably having one of the best seasons of his career.

He has played in every game, and although being a midfielder, he plays on the right flank and contributes significantly due to his speed and shooting ability.

5. Gabriel Veron – 36.5 (km/h)

The 20-year-old forward just made three appearances in the Champions League 2022-23. Overall, he made 26 appearances and only six starts for Porto. Gabriel Veron is making a name for himself and was the fifth fastest player.

4. Rafael Leao – 36.5 (km/h) 

A dynamic forward with bursts of speed, adaptability, and technical ability who can pull all the strings. Rafael Leao has been outstanding this season, playing a pivotal position on the left flank. His spectacular moments on and off the field are one of the main factors that aid the squad in stretching defences.

He is also a skilled dribbler with quick feet who can beat opponents one-on-one. The player has been called up for the Qatar 2022 World Cup due to his performance.

2. Ousmane Dembele – 36.6 (km/h)

Dembele uses both feet and has the speed and dribbling flair for defeating defenders. After a string of injuries in previous seasons, the Frenchman was a performer last season. The 25-year-old has evolved into a complete player and is now a vital ingredient for Barcelona. He has the potential to cut through the left to produce goals or scoring opportunities and might be a game-changer. He performed excellently for Barcelona in the Champions League, but the club's lack of qualities meant they failed to advance to the knockouts phase.

2. Mykhailo Mudryk – 36.6 (km/h)

Mykhaylo Mudryk
This 21-year-old winger has drawn transfer interest from several top clubs (Courtesy: World Soccer Talk)

Many people may not have noticed Mykhailo Mudryk. But he is another promising young talent that made an impact in the Champions League group stages. Big teams will soon be lining up to sign the pacy player. Although Shakhtar Donetsk did not advance past the group stage, Mudryk's good performance will help him establish himself in Europe. He was also the fastest player in group stages, with a 36.6 km/h average, which was the highest in the competition.

1. Alphonso Davies – 37.1 (km/h)

The Bayern left-back is gifted with all skills. Bayern Munich's left-back position has been figured out for a decade, with Davies being the first choice. His performance against Barcelona in 2020 was proof enough of his talent. Davies is the team's fastest player, and his speed has the ability to shift the team's rhythm and stretch the game.

He is a sort of left-back with all characteristics, such as being a brilliant dribbler with excellent speed and being able to outrun and outmuscle his opponents. And he's again on the list of the fastest footballers in the Champions League 2022-23.

Last updated on 22 August 2023