KYLIAN MBAPPE is the fastest footballer in the world.
The Paris Saint-Germain speedster has helped the French giants to four Ligue 1 titles – plus a Champions League final.
Kylian Mbappe has left defenders in his wake throughout his careerCredit: Getty
Of course his goals have been part of the reason, but his stunning speed with and without the ball has also helped split open defences everywhere.
World Cup winner Mbappe, 23, clocked a record top speed of 10.6 metres per second in 2020.
That equates to around 22.4mph.
It is still some way short of 100m world record holder Usain Bolt.
The Jamaican sprint king reached 27.8mph when he set the record in 2009.
But in football, France’s Mbappe – who is said to feel “betrayed” just months after signing his mega contract at PSG – leaves the rest trailing in his wake.
Gareth Bale – who signed for Los Angeles from Real Madrid this summer – was rated as the second fastest at 10.3m per second while Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams came in third with 9.9m per second.
Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, then at Arsenal, showed no signs of slowing at the Emirates.
The 33-year-old’s top speed was recorded at 9.8m per second (22mph) in the past, the same as a host of others.
They include former West Ham academy star Matthias Fanimo, ex-Man Utd man Antonio Valencia and Man City full-back Kyle Walker.
Walker’s former Etihad team-mate Leroy Sane and Ante Rebic of AC Milan reached the same mark.
But despite assumptions he is the fastest in the game, his 9.8m per second best is only good enough to tie with seven others.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still boasts plenty of pace in his 30sCredit: Getty
Gareth Bale is one of the quickest footballers aroundCredit: PA
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