Cristiano Ronaldo's blistering sprint vs Spain to set 2018 World Cup record

  • Kobe Tong

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a brilliant individual tournament at the 2018 World Cup.

Sure, Portugal might have crashed out in the round of 16 and Ronaldo did a miss a penalty against Iran, but it was arguably the Juventus superstar’s greatest ever display on the world stage.

And while we can’t ignore his bullet header in the second group game with Morocco, we all know we’re here to talk about his masterclass in the epic 3-3 draw with Spain.

The game will go down in the history books for not only being a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes of sport, but also for highlighting one of the greatest players to grace the beautiful game.

One of the complaints that people lodge against Ronaldo’s performance, though, is the nature of his first two goals: one being a penalty and the other coming from a David de Gear error.

Ronaldo’s masterclass vs Spain

But for our money, a hat-trick is a hat-trick and scoring the third goal with a trademark knuckle-ball free-kick was the perfect way to round off a display that was about more than scoring.

We looked at Ronaldo’s full individual highlights from the game earlier in lockdown, so be sure to check them out, but there’s one particular moment we want to focus on today.

That’s because Ronaldo achieved something extraordinary during the game by recording the fastest sprint of anybody at the 2018 World Cup despite being 33 years old at the time.


Ronaldo’s record-breaking sprint

According to the Mirror, Ronaldo clocked a remarkable speed of 34 kilometres per hour during the Spain game, quicker than Ante Rebic and Luis Advincula who made up second and third.

Perhaps most notably, France star Kylian Mbappe was nowhere to be seen in the top 10 despite flying down the wing on his way to two goals against Argentina in the round of 16.

Nevertheless, the stats don’t lie and footage of Ronaldo’s record-breaking sprint still look incredible two years on, essentially running from one penalty area to the other in rapid time.

You can check out the video – though the 40km/h graphic is inaccurate – down below:

Like a fine wine.

The graft that Ronaldo has put in to make sure his body is in that sort of shape in his thirties is beggar belief and there’s no clearer proof than in him sprinting faster than players 10 years his junior.

Mbappe has gone on to record quicker sprint speeds for Paris Saint-Germain since the tournament in Russia, but a 100-metre race between the two would still be tasty regardless of the age gap. 


It definitely seems as though the endless hours in the gym and early training ground arrivals have paid off for CR7, that’s for sure.

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