Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has earned rave reviews for his blistering pace and the question of how fast he is reached new heights last year when the BBC produced a report declaring the Spaniard could beat Usain Bolt over a distance of 40 metres.
But Bolt, who holds the world record in the 100 and 200 metres, has rubbished claims that Bellerin could beat him in a sprint.
Bolt clocked a world record in the 100 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, covering the distance in a rapid 9.58 seconds.
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The BBC found that Bellerin, at his quickest, is capable of covering 40 metres in 4.41 seconds - quicker than the time Bolt took to reach the distance in Germany seven years ago.
Bellerin himself quashed the report, saying: “He’s a sprinter, obviously he’s the quickest man in the world,” reported The Sun.
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He continued: “"I've seen people say that I'm faster than him and stuff like that but it's always different when you have a ball at your feet.
"That's what my job is all about and I would not try and beat him."
Bolt doesn’t face a race either, purely because he knows he would win.
The Jamaican was quoted by The Sun as telling Eurosport: “These stories make me laugh. Footballers are very fast over the first 10-20 metres - that is what they train for. I train to be fast over 100 metres or 200 metres.”
Still, it would be entertaining to see how Bellerin compared to the fastest sprinter in the world. The 20-year-old’s pace was on full show in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League in October as he produced a fine assist for Mesut Ozil’s goal.
Check out Bellerin’s insane speed below.
The youngster, who has emerged as Arsenal’s first choice right-back this season, revealed in an interview with Marca last year that he is the fastest player at the north London club, and attributed his speed to working hard.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “I have worked hard on my speed in the gym right from my days playing for Spain's Under 18s.
“We have got some very quick people at Arsenal with [Theo] Walcott, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis [Sanchez] but in the sprint tests in the last couple of years no one has been able to beat me.”
Bellerin v Neymar
Bellerin’s pace will certainly help him when he faces Neymar in the Gunners’ Champions League clash with Barcelona in the last 16. He got the best of fellow speedster Douglas Costa in October but Neymar, who came third in last month’s Ballon d’Or voting, is level above Bayern’s trickster.
It’s sure to be an intriguing battle - probably the biggest of Bellerin’s fledgeling career - but the right-back can only enhance his growing reputation with a fine performance.