Catch him if you can – ‘Roadrunner’ Alphonso Davies holds the record for the fastest player the Bundesliga has ever seen. - © Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
Catch him if you can – ‘Roadrunner’ Alphonso Davies holds the record for the fastest player the Bundesliga has ever seen. - © Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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The 10 fastest players in Bundesliga history

Bayern Munich's Canadian 'Roadrunner' Alphonso Davies holds the distinction as the fastest player ever recorded in the Bundesliga, but who's he outpaced to claim the speedster tag?

bundesliga.com lists the 10 fastest players ever clocked in the German top flight since records began in 2011/12…

1) Alphonso Davies - 22.69 mph (36.51 km/h)

The 2019/20 season will be one that nobody at Bayern ever forgets, especially Davies. It was his breakthrough campaign at the club following his January 2019 arrival from the Vancouver Whitecaps, almost breaking through the sound barrier on Matchday 32 against Werder Bremen in the game where the Bavarians secured the Bundesliga title - the first of six trophies in 2020 - when he was recorded at a blistering 22.69 mph. Nobody has ever been clocked faster on a Bundesliga pitch.

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2) Achraf Hakimi - 22.67 mph (36.49 km/h)

The previous record-holder - for a few months - was Borussia Dortmund's Hakimi after the speed gun caught him at 22.67 mph on Matchday 20 as BVB thumped Union Berlin 5-0. He'd previously broken the record four games earlier when he reached 22.49 mph against RB Leipzig.

3) Leon Bailey - 22.62 mph (36.4 km/h)

You can't be a slouch when you count Usain Bolt among your friends - and nobody can accuse Bailey of being one of them. Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaican winger set the third-fastest speed since records began in the Bundesliga when he reached 22.62 mph on Matchday 33 of 2019/20 against Hertha Berlin.

4) Jerry St. Juste - 22.43 mph (36.1 km/h)

To the uninitiated, the appearance of Mainz centre-back St. Juste at the top end of this list may be a shock, but the Dutch defender is quick - very quick. In fact, he was the fastest player in the whole Bundesliga across 2020/21 with a top speed of 22.43 mph that he set in a derby draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 32.

=5) Moussa Diaby - 22.37 mph (36.0 km/h)

Diaby in fact recorded his fastest speed - the joint-fifth quickest ever in the Bundesliga - in the same game as his partner-in-crime on the Leverkusen wings, Bailey, did his. The French forward was only a quarter of a mile per hour slower than his teammate.

=5) Rabbi Matondo - 22.37 mph (36.0 km/h)

Schalke's Matondo has twice broken the magic barrier of 36 km/h in the Bundesliga, doing so first in a midweek fixture at Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 28 of 2019/20. The Welsh forward then did so again on the final weekend of the season away at Freiburg.

=5) Erling Haaland - 22.37 mph (36.0 km/h)

Not to be outdone in the Ruhr, Dortmund's Haaland also twice reached the same top speed as Matondo, but this time in the 2020/21 campaign. Steaming away with his long legs, the Norwegian matched that 22.37 mph first on Matchday 28 away at VfB Stuttgart before repeating the feat three games later as he hit a brace in Wolfsburg.

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8) Kingsley Ehizibue - 22.31 mph (35.9 km/h)

Perhaps not the Kingsley many would expect to see here. Although Kingsley Coman was the fifth-fastest player in 2020/21, he doesn't crack the top 10 overall. Instead, it's Cologne's full-back Ehizibue who features. However, he stole the crown as the Bundesliga's fastest player at the time off Coman when he reached 22.31 mph on Matchday 7 of 2019/20 in a game at Schalke.

=9) Kevin Mbabu - 22.25 mph (35.8 km/h)

Ninth place is shared by two Wolfsburg defenders at 22.25 mph. First is right-back Mbabu, who reached his top speed in a game away at Borussia Mönchengladbach the same weekend Davies set the record (Matchday 32 of 2019/20).

=9) Maxence Lacroix - 22.25 mph (35.8 km/h)

Mbabu was joined a year later by centre-back Lacroix. The Frenchman enjoyed an excellent maiden Bundesliga campaign and brought up his top speed on Matchday 31 of 2020/21, most likely chasing the marginally quicker Haaland.