FIFA 17 Pace: Fastest Footballer

Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang has topped the FIFA 17 pace rankings, at least amongst the top 50 players.


EA released the FIFA 17 Top 50 Player ratings ahead of the 27th September launch with the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon Forward topping the list of quickest players with a Pace rating of 96.

With no official 100 meter record to his name speculation is that he is close to 11 seconds, but it is his acceleration from a standing start that sets him apart from most. Rumours even abound that he’d burn Bolt over the first 30 meters.


Ronaldo tops the FIFA 17 rankings and is no slow coach either with 92 pace.


Wales and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is the highest ranked player from the home nations at No.6 and the only British player to make the top 50. Renowned speedster Bale was the 6th fastest on FIFA 16 and clocks 94 for FIFA 17.


Until FIFA 17 launches fans and gamers will continue to speculate on how much last year’s top 20 will have changed.

Fifa 16’s top 20 fastest players

  1. Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
  2. Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
  3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
  4. Ernest Asante (Stabaek Fotball)
  5. Jurgen Damm (Tigres Uanl)
  6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
  7. Jonathan Biabiany (Inter Milan)
  8. Dominic Oduro (Impact De Montreal)
  9. Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver)
  10. Marco Sau (Cagliari)
  11. Innocent Emeghara (San Jose)
  12. Fahad Al-Muwallad (Al-Ittihad)
  13. Ryo Miyaichi (St. Pauli)
  14. Lucas (Paris Saint-Germain)
  15. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)
  16. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
  17. Luciano Narsingh (PSV)
  18. Maicon (Lokomotiv Moscow)
  19. Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow)
  20. Bruma (Real Sociedad)



(10.95s) The lost pace of Michael Owen

Michael Owen Argentina celebration

Michael Owen exploded onto the international stage at the 1998 FIFA World Cup scoring a goal which demonstrated the blistering pace that was his trademark and ensured he was one of the most feared strikers in the world at just 18 years of age.

Here’s Vinnie Jones to remind you of that special moment once again…

As a fan of Liverpool I was already excited about the young prospect in the mid-90s even at a time when there were no internet = no rumours . For any buzz to emanate from the club about a player, you knew they must be something special and Michael Owen had always been so.

Michael Owen

Owen grew up in a football mad family near Chester the 4th son of Terry Owen an Everton graduate and Chester City striker. At eight, Owen was selected for the Deeside Area Primary School’s Under-11 team. At nine he was captain and at ten he had smashed Ian Rush‘s twenty-year record for the same team by scoring a record breaking 97 goals in a single season, improving on Rush’s record by 25 goals.

His pace and finishing offered the perfect combination and clubs soon took notice with Manchester United’s Brian Kidd making the first approach. However it was a ‘smashing letter’ from Liverpool legend and scout Steve Heighway that impressed young Michael and he was soon scoring for fun through the Liverpool ranks including helping them to their first FA Youth Cup win against a West Ham team that hadn’t lost in 24 consecutive games and boasted future England captains Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 1996: Liverpool’s Michael Owen lifts the FA Youth Cup with David Thompson after beating West Ham United during the Final 2nd Leg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Karl-Heinz Riedle, who prior to joining Liverpool in the summer of 1997 had never heard of Owen, declared: “It’s unbelievable when you see him play to realise that he’s only 17,” he said. “He’s such a good player, so very quick and for his age he has excellent vision and awareness. He’s a great player already and in one or two years he will become a very great player.”

Once he signed a professional contract at 17 Owen quickly started banging in goals for Liverpool of all different shapes but it was his pace that ensured he was on the scoresheet regularly as evidenced in some of his earliest work…

His England debut followed and he was embraced and feared on the world stage in equal measure but then.

April 12, 1999: Owen tore a hamstring for the first time playing for Liverpool at Leeds. Aged 19, his blistering pace lost its throttle. “Getting that massive injury at Leeds has probably changed and shaped my whole career,” said Owen. “Since I was 19, I’ve been compromised. If I did that now, it would be surgically repaired like it’s brand new. I wouldn’t even know I had an injury. Back then you just let it go.

“I basically run on two hamstrings on my right leg and three on the other. I’m losing a third of the power. If I hadn’t done that, 90 per cent of the other injuries wouldn’t have happened. I would have been the all-time leading scorer for England.

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A move to Real Madrid which he has admitted he felt sick about but couldn’t have any regrets meant he had to look on as Liverpool won the 2005 European Cup that year. An injury plagued return to the Premier League for Newcastle United frustrated all involved not least him. A controversial move to Liverpool’s greatest rivals Man United meant he won a Premier League medal but he is still paying for crossing the divide in the eyes of many Koppites, and in my view harshly and unfairly, he is still ranked No.14 in ‘100 Players That Shook The Kop’. He can still look back on his career medals, goal tally and European player of the year award as hugely successful if though something short of what he could have been capable of if he hadn’t lost his fearsome genuine pace at 19 years of age.

There is no official 100m time for Owen, though he has claimed 10.8s at U15 level it’s unrealistic when you consider the English schoolboys U15 record is currently held by sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis at 10.93s.

Genuine Pace thinks at is peak Owen could match anyone in football and probably win over 40m. Before his injury we’re certain that he would break the 11second barrier and on the track could have taken that to 10.95s.

UPDATE: Congratulations Michael on becoming Liverpool’s first official international ambassador.

(10.39) Genuine FIFA 15 Pace


In our last we honoured Raheem Sterling on Genuine Pace but even his claimed 10.9s doesn’t put him close to Mathis Bloom who FIFA 15 have as THE fastest player in the game, on the their game. The Norwegian born Ivorian midfielder has clocked a 40m time of 4.53s, which is 12 hundredths quicker than Usain Bolt when he ran his WR 100m time of 9.58. Going through the first 40m in 4.65s.

Without an official clocked 100m time we’re making another estimation here at Genuine Pace. Over the full course, on a track we think the Fortuna Dusseldorf player could clock under 10.4s, to pip Gareth Bale we’re therefore giving him 10.39s level with Marvel Wynne.


(10.90s) Jet-Heeled Golden Boy

Last week saw Raheem Shaquille Sterling help Liverpool FC to a late draw against Arsenal and win the European Golden Boy award, aged 20. He joins an illustrious list of previous winners including Rooney, Messi, Fabregas, Aguero and Gotze to name a few.

Proving to be one Rafa Benitez’s best signings, he was one for the future in 2010 but now arguably Liverpool’s most valuable player with Daniel Sturridge.


The England International was a very able 1500m runner who was Brent schools champion although the level of competition meant that he never won the local 100m title. His tutor at the time said “Raheem who wanted to be in the 100m even though I used to say to him, ‘Nah, the 1500m is your thing’,”

FIFA 15 gives the youngster a Pace score of 93, putting him on the Top 20 on a par with Robben, Ronaldo and Messi, all considered the very best at running a top speed with the ball. Genuine Pace believes his first 20-40 metres would match most but over 100 metres we reckon he would just come under 11 seconds at 10.90s.

More than just genuine pace Sterling is a creative player with an abundance of skills, but it’s when he’s on the ball dribbling that he most often finds another gear.

Skills at 16 years old…

10.39s – The Rapids have the most rapid

MLS centre back Marvell Wynne makes up for what he lacks in top class ability with bucket loads of Genuine Pace.

Wynne grew up in an athletic family, with a father who played professional baseball.”Soccer was fast and I enjoyed that most about the game,” Wynne told the Denver Post. “That’s why I chose soccer.” Makes sense.

He spent two years at UCLA before being selected first in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, now playing for Colorado Rapids and capped for his country.

A prolific high school track athlete his 10.39s in his senior year, he also broke school records in the 200m dash (21.87) and 400m dash (48.10). Wynne may have the fastest clocked time for a footballer ever.

(10.40s) – The ever increasing pace of Gareth Bale


It’s been a good weekend for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scroing another winner (Real’s record 16th consecutive) and also nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year . Often claimed as the fatstest footballer in the game, the Welsh winger has always had genuine pace first displayed when at 14 or 15, he was running the 100m in 11.4 seconds and 4 minutes 8 seconds for the 1500m.

Clocked at 40KM/H top speed he is regarded as faster than teammate Ronaldo. Based on in match speed alone, just 2mph behind Usain Bolt himself.

Without a claimed or official record for 100m Genuine Pace reckons he could record a sub 10.4s time on the track, till then, here’s the man in action…