The 21 Fastest Athletes in Pro Sports

Since the dawn of sport, speed has been an advantage. These 21 pro athletes have the type of blazing speed that strikes fear into the heart of their opponents.

Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is a 29-year-old winger for Real Madrid.

He's also, depending on who you ask, the speediest soccer player in the world.

In 2014, Usain Bolt called Bale "the fastest (soccer player) in the world at the moment."

In 2017, a Mexican study outlined by the publication AS noted that Bale had achieved a higher max speed over the past year than any other high-level player.

His top speed?

A supersonic 22.9 miles per hour.

When the FIFA 18 video game released last year, Bale's 94 pace rating was among the best in the game.

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