Aaron Ramsey says Theo Walcott is faster than Hector Bellerin

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Aaron Ramsey has settled some of football's finest debates in an interview with Goal.

Who’s better, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Who’s faster, Theo Walcott or Hector Bellerin?

The Welshman answered both, along with questions about his biggest influence, most talented teammate and toughest opponent in a video that you can check out by scrolling down the page.


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Bellerin is reportedly faster than Olympic champion Usain Bolt but, according to Ramsey, he couldn’t even beat Walcott.

“Between Theo Walcott and Hector, I’d probably go with Theo Walcott - just - over a hundred metres.”

Watch Ramsey's Q&A

Meanwhile, the Arsenal midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, prefers Messi over Ronaldo.

Toughest opponent

Another interesting soundbite was Ramsey’s response to being asked who his toughest opponent was.

After a moment’s hesitation, the FA Cup winner blurted out the name of former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker.

Parker was noted for his bruising, tenacious style and, though he was overlooked for England’s Euro 2004 and 2010 World Cup squads, he regularly gave opposing players a tough ride, as Ramsey attested.

Gareth Bale is Ramsey’s most talented teammate while Per Mertesacker is the biggest joker in the Arsenal dressing room.

Bellerin isn't Arsenal's fastest

Ramsey has outed Bellerin, who recently claimed to be the fastest player at the north London club.

He said: “I have worked hard on my speed in the gym right from my days playing for Spain's Under 18s,” per the Daily Mail

“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.”

A BBC report last year found that Bellerin is quicker than Bolt (over 40 metres, anyway), an assessment that was quashed by the Arsenal star and the Jamaican sprinter.

Bellerin said: “He’s a sprinter, obviously he’s the quickest man in the world,” per The Sun.

“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, who ran the 100 metres in a world-record time of 9.58 seconds in 2009, was quoted by the Mirror 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.”

Nobody believed the BBC’s findings anyway but if Bellerin is incapable of beating Walcott then he stands no chance of beating Bolt, a man who is paid millions to run as fast as he can.

Thank you, Ramsey, for ending the debate. Theo Walcott is the quickest player at Arsenal.

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