Erling Haaland: Is Borussia Dortmund star the world’s fastest footballer?

  • Rob Swan
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Is Erling Haaland the world’s fastest footballer?

The Borussia Dortmund star, who turns 21 in July, doesn’t possess the typical physique of a lightning-quick player.

Haaland is 6ft 4in tall and stocky - and yet his pace is unbelievable.

The Norway international broke this season’s Bundesliga speed record on Saturday during Dortmund’s 3-2 away win over Stuttgart.

He hit a top speed of 36.04 km/h (22.39 mph) at the Mercedes-Benz Arena during a counter-attack.

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The previous 2020-21 Bundesliga speed record was held by Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marcus Thuram, who registered a top speed of 35.97 km/h.

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, who hit 35.95 km/h earlier this season, is now third on the list, while the full-back's teammate Kingsley Coman is fourth after reaching a top speed of 35.68 km/h.

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We’ve seen Haaland produce some unbelievable sprints over the past couple of years.

Last season, for example, he stunned fans with this box-to-box sprint against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The world-class youngster covered 60 metres in just 6.64 seconds. That’s remarkably quick.

But after his record-breaking sprint against Stuttgart, Haaland might well be the world’s fastest striker.

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French publication Le Figaro revealed the top 10 fastest players in world football in 2020.

Here’s who made the list…

10. Nacho Fernandez - 34.62 km/h

9. Alvaro Odriozola - 34.99 km/h

8. Kingsley Coman - 35 km/h

7. Mohamed Salah - 35 km/h

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6. Leroy Sane - 35.04 km/h

5. Kyle Walker - 35.21 km/h

4. Karim Bellarabi - 35.27 km/h

3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 35.5 km/h

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2. Inaki Williams - 35.7km/h

1. Kylian Mbappe - 36 km/h

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Mbappe hit 36 km/h again in February while playing for PSG against Marseille.

But Haaland’s top speed of 36.04 km/h is marginally quicker and might just make him the world’s current fastest footballer.

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