FIFA 20 hits shelves across the UK later this month, but EA Sports have already started to tease fans with pre-released snippets of player’s in-game statistics.
Already, the video game company has been revelling in the hotly-anticipated release of the new FIFA instalment by unveiling trailers, the latest batch of ICON cards for Ultimate Team and the top 100 players.
Continuing this theme, the global franchise has now released in-game statistics for players, including key attributes for pace, shooting, passing, dribbling, defending and physicality.
But, who cares what a player can do with the ball at his feet when he possesses pace in abundance to accelerate past opponents at break-neck speed?
Often classified in the ‘OP’ category of the game, we’ve looked at the top 10 fastest players in FIFA 20, though it should be noted there were a number of players tied for 94 pace, so we’ve included the best ones based on their other in-games stats.
10. Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao)
Linked with a move to Manchester United this summer – before signing a bumper nine-year contract with Athletic Bilbao – and it’s clear to see why. The Spain pace merchant packs a serious punch on the byline and surges in supersonic strides.
9. Douglas Costa (Juventus)
This one will come as no surprise. The Turin trickster has forged a formidable reputation for his ‘Road Runner’ speed in Italy, and will no doubt prove an explosive cog in Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus side. Speed, a low centre of gravity and close control are a deadly combination, Costa has them all.
8. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Another who boasts lighting-quick limbs with a devastating streak in the final third. The 2018/19 Golden Boot winner is a nightmare for any right-back, and a fan favourite among Koppites, who are often left in awe of his jaw-dropping pace.
7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Make that two Golden Boot winners as the Arsenal marksman comes in at number seven. Aubameyang packs a serious amount of firepower in his legs and is a famous figure among FIFA aficionados for consistently possessing incredible speed statistics.
6. Gelson Martins (Monaco)
The Portuguese speedster has got pace for days, and coupled with his insatiable 86 dribbling ability, the Monaco wide-man offers a serious threat to any side in this upcoming edition of the FIFA game series.
5. Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
The Etihad sprint grandmaster is renowned for his refined end product, innate dribbling skill-set and close control, but combined with his Olympian legs. The result is devastating.
4. Kensuke Nagai (FC Tokyo)
The oldest player on this list at 30 but by no means a laggard amongst this elite band of pace virtuosos, as the FC Tokyo striker has been dazzling Japanese football with his fleet-footed exploits for a decade now.
3. Anibal Chala (Toluca)
The Ecuador international plays his game at left-back and brings some serious flair to flanks, galvanising the Toluca byline with his elite-level speed.
2. Adama Traore (Wolves)
Built like a world-class athlete and plays like one, too. Traore is renowned for the rapid bursts of energy he exudes down the touchline. A serious speedster.
1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
He can score, he can dribble, he can assist, he makes the showboat reel on a consistent basis. There isn’t much this boy wonder can’t do, but above all else, the World Cup-winner has serious pace to burn. His supersonic gallops often leaves defenders clutching at air, while his stellar end product makes him one of the best the game has ever seen
Other 94s who failed to make our top 10: Daniel James, Ismaila Sarr, Cristian Barbut, Przemyslaw Placheta, Elliott List, Jonas Aguirre, Alex Kiwomya, Frank Acheampong, Kekuta Manneh, Kim In Seong, Jurgen Damm, Thomas Barkhuizen, Mathis Bolly, Luis Advincula
Ten of the best in Europe’s top five
Premier League: Adama Traore, Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Allan Saint-Maximin, Mohamed Salah, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, Ismaila Sarr
Bundesliga: Ihlas Bebou, Sheraldo Becker, Karim Bellarabi, Kingsley Coman, Achraf Hakimi, Timo Werner, Leon Bailey, Kevin Mbabu, Benito Raman, Alphonso Davies
La Liga: Inaki Williams, Vinicius Junior, Ousmane Dembele, Hernani, Nelson Semedo, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Jordi Alba, Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo
Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappe, Gelson Martins, Moses Simon, Jack Lahne, Keita Balde, Neymar Jr, Casimir Ninga, Juan Ferney Otero, Stiven Mendoza, Henry Onyekuru
Serie A: Douglas Costa, Hirving Lozano, Theo Hernandez, Jordan Lukaku, Juan Cuadrado, Dalbert, Gervinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin Lasagna, Stephy Mavididi