Peru’s Luis Advincula becomes the fastest player at the 2018 World Cup

Peru’s Luis Advincula becomes the fastest player at the 2018 World Cup

Peru full-back Luis Advincula has recorded the fastest top speed at the World Cup in Russia this summer, taking the record away from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo had previously clocked 34 km/h during Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening game, in which he also scored a hat-trick.

But playing in Peru’s 1-0 defeat to France – which saw them knocked out of the World Cup – Advincula, who plays in Mexico with Lobos BUAP, reached 36.15 km/h.

This was not the first time in this tournament Advincula had shown his pace, with the full-back also reaching a top speed on 33.8 km/h in Peru’s narrow defeat to Denmark in their opening game.

Next on the list is Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who managed 32.8 km/h as he helped the Red Devils beat Panama.

Despite Peru’s exit from the tournament following back-to-back 1-0 defeats, the South American side impressed neutrals in Russia with their exciting attacking play – just missing the finishing touch.

Against France, they enjoyed 56.5% of the possession and had 10 shots though only two of those hit the target.

Advincula himself had 86 touches of the ball in the match with only team-mate Miguel Trauco managing more on the pitch. The right-back also completed both of his attempted take-ons in the match and created one chance.

Peru now face Australia in their final game of the group knowing they will be playing just for pride and the 43,000 fans who made the journey to Russia.