Antonio Valencia crowned as the world's fastest player

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Consider the world's fastest players and Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar spring to mind, but according to FIFA, as per the Mirror, Manchester United's Antonio Valencia is quicker than the lot.

The versatile Ecuadorian, played more-often-than-not at right-back under Louis van Gaal, reportedly clocked a mind-boggling speed of 35.1km/h this season, ousting second-placed Gareth Bale by 0.4km/h (34.7km/h).

A winner few would have foreseen, then, though the nine other players comprising the top-ten - bar one or two - come as little surprise.

Real Madrid speedster Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi placed 3rd (33.6km/h) and 6th (32.5km/h) respectively, while Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez are ranked as the 5th (32.7km/h) and 10th (30.1km/h) fastest players in the world.

Similarly, two Bayern Munich stars feature in the rankings, with Franck Ribery (8th) and Arjen Robben (9th) reaching speeds of 30.7km/h and 30.4km/h respectively.

A shock inclusion in the top-ten is Wayne Rooney who, whilst far from slow, came 7th with 31.2km/h, while Everton's Aaron Lennon, on-loan from Tottenham, placed an unprecedented 3rd with 33.8km/h.

Lennon's surprise rank is owed more to his fall from grace in recent years, though, given the Englishman's exclusion from both the England team and Tottenham, with his raw pace unquestionable.

Here's the list in full:

10, Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – 30.1 km/h

9, Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – 30.4 km/h

8, Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) – 30.7 km/h

7, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – 31.2 km/h

6, Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 32.5 km/h

5, Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – 32.7 km/h

4, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 33.6 km/h

3, Aaron Lennon (Tottenham, on loan at Everton) – 33.8 km/h

2, Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 34.7 km/h.

1, Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – 35.1 km/h

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