La Liga's fastest XI of current players

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It’s no secret the technical standard of La Liga is higher than that of the other four big European leagues.

Without a tight first touch and better than average ball control, a player will struggle to hold his own in the Spanish top-flight.

But despite this emphasis on craft over graft, La Liga is also home to some seriously rapid footballers.

While even the most beautiful passing move can be nullified by a well-organised defence, very little can be done to halt a speedster in full flight.

With that in mind, here GiveMeSport has assembled an all-star XI of the fastest current La Liga players.

GK | Alberto

Possessing 62 acceleration and 63 sprint speed ratings on FIFA 19, Alberto is the quickest La Liga goalkeeper in the game.

RB | Luis Advincula

Advincula wouldn’t look out of place at the starting blocks of a 100 metres race, so it’s no surprise his max speed of 33.8 km/h at the 2018 World Cup was the third-fastest recorded.

CB | Raphael Varane

Varane’s pace can make defending against top-class strikers look easy at times, which is exactly why he’s ranked the joint-fastest centre-back across Europe’s top five leagues on FIFA 19.


CB | Mario Hermoso

Tied with Varane as the fastest La Liga centre-back in FIFA 19, Hermoso - who’s also an accomplished full-back - boasts a pace rating of 84.

LB | Jordi Alba

Thought of as one of the most rapid full-backs in world football for virtually his entire career, Alba posted a top speed of 33.67 km/h during the 2016-17 campaign.

CM | Mubarak Wakaso

Despite his modest stature, the powerful Wakaso is a force to be reckoned with on FIFA 19 thanks to his sprint speed and acceleration ratings of 87 apiece.

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

CM | Sergio Canales

Canales is certainly the more creative of this central midfield duo, but he also has a pace rating of 81 on FIFA 19 that can be useful when required.

RM | Gareth Bale

Even with his history of muscular injuries, Bale is deservedly still recognised as one of the quickest players around, having recorded a top speed of 36.9 km/h in 2017.

CAM | Ousmane Dembele

Dembele has been clocked sprinting at 32.8 km/h, which should come in handy if he ever falls back into his habit of being late for training.

SD Huesca v FC Barcelona - La Liga

LM | Vinicius Junior

While the best of Vinicius is yet to come, we’ve already seen enough to know he’s one of the most rapid footballers on the planet, with a pace rating of 93 on FIFA 19.

ST | Inaki Williams

Capable of playing out wide or through the middle, Williams - whose highest recorded speed stands at 35.72 km/h - poses a devastating threat to any defence.


While Real Madrid and Barcelona might have the biggest stars in Spain, they don’t own all of the quickest players.

Boasting a devastating blend of speed and quality in every position, this La Liga outfit ranks third in our fastest XIs across Europe’s big five leagues.

Here are our rankings so far:

3. La Liga
4. Bundesliga
5. Serie A

Ousmane Dembele
Jordi Alba
Raphael Varane
La Liga
Real Madrid

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