Top Five: hardest football shots

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Kyle Walker demonstrated perfectly against Arsenal last season that he has a pretty handy right boot when he slammed home the winner for Spurs against their bitter rivals last season, and he was at it again on Sunday.

The England full-back unleashed a furious shot that rattled Gerhard Tremmel's shoulder and left the German wondering just what had happened during Tottenham’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane over the weekend.

After the game a rather interesting statistic emerged. Walker’s shot while caused the crossbar to quiver had been clocked at a remarkable 87 mph. For those unsure of just how quick that is, imagine wonderhorse Frankel on rollerskates being thrust down a hill and you might get some idea. Or maybe not, whatever.

So that got GMF thinking, what is the hardest shot in world football? Some digging around didn’t exactly reveal much, only that there is no official record for hardest shot ever hit.

So here is the entirely unofficial top five hardest shots of all time; some have been recorded by official sources and some could well be just hearsay and speculation, but by collating all the quickest goals we could find, hopefully in the resulting bun fight some truth will emerge? Thought not. All videos are linked into the text.

Ronny Heberson, Sporting Lisbon, 131mph

In 2006, the ‘human bomb’ well and truly earned his nickname. Unleashing hell out of his right boot from a free-kick against Naval in November 2006, the Brazilian spanked the ball so hard it almost travels back in time. Or, 131.82 MPH according to some.

Now that, is how you hit a shot.

David Hirst, Sheffield Wednesday – 114mph

David Hirst is like any school football pitch bully. Whenever there is a whimpering kid in goal, he’ll wally the ball as hard as he can from as close he can, just so he can hear you scream. Not that it ever happened to me….

The Sheffield Wednesday man employed that very tactic against Arsenal back in 1996 as he unleashed hell from the sum total of 14 yards. The ball crashed off the Gunners’ crossbar at a mere 114 mph – that’s an official Guinness World Record for British football.

Steven Reid, Blackburn – 98mph

Now, this one is entirely unauthenticated, but according to some, this Steven Reid goal against Wigan hit 98 mph.

To be fair, it looks utterly lethal and if we were faced with either denying Reid tickled the upper reaches of 100 mph or stand in the way of one of his shots, then we’d say well done to Mr Reid on a well earned place in this esteemed list.

David Beckham, Manchester United – 97.9mph

Who would have though a man who once adorned himself in a sarong could hit a ball so hard it would have broken the law in almost every country had it been driving a car?

Well, we don’t quite believe it either as a rummage around a popular video sharing website doesn’t come up with any conclusive evidence, but according to the Guradian’s Knowledge column back in 2007, Becks' credentials are legit.

Tony Yeboah, Leeds United & David Trezeguet, Monaco – 96mph

Another whose effort is endorsed by the Guardian but is unable to be authenticated by video evidence.

“We can confirm that Tony Yeboah's right-foot rocket jumps straight in at joint fourth,” the Guardian say on their list of hardest shots which excludes Steven Reid’s effort.

While there is no visual evidence of Yeboah’s goal (mainly because the Guardian don’t specify which one and their YouTube link is dead), there certainly is of Trezuguet’s hit against Manchester United in 1998 which also reached 96mph.

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