Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are pretty much the rulers of the Football Kingdom at this point. They’re soaring head and shoulders above the rest and any ranking that is created, any debate that is ever had between football fans, hinges on discussing which of them is better. Because of their overall awesomeness, it is often easily assumed that Ronaldo is the fastest soccer players in the world, whereas Messi has the greatest acceleration rate.

However, it might surprise you to discover that according to official tabulations, neither of them actually makes it very high on the list of fastest football players. So how important is speed and acceleration when it comes to football? Well, we’ll just let you be the judge of that.

Top 10 Fastest Soccer Players

Here’s an official list of the top 10 fastest soccer players in the world.

#1.  Antonio Valencia, Manchester Uniter—35.2 km/h

Fastest Soccer Players - Antonio Valencia

The fastest amongst the fastest soccer players is an Ecuadorian footballer who’s a right winger for Manchester United. He’s currently 31 years old and his professional Senior career began in 2003 with El Nacional, the Ecuador National Team.

He was eventually inducted to Manchester United in 2009, and he has since gone on to win the Premier League in 2010-11 and 2012-13, the Community Shield in 2010, 2013 and 2016, amongst several others. He even represented his country in the 2006 and 2014 FIFA cups.