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5 of the fastest shots ever recorded in football history

Not many would want to stand in front of these fierce shots!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic shot
Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an incredible shot, he does not feature in the top five

How fast do you think a footballer can kick a football? Players have been known to strike the ball really hard, crossing 100 kmph easily. For comparison’s sake the fastest a bowler in cricket has ever bowled is 161.3 kmph.

Players like Roberto Carlos, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham and others are known to have an incredible shot in them, with the Brazilian scoring with a thunderbolt strike against France in the Confederations Cup when he hit the ball from a dead ball situation at an incredible speed of 138 kmph.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, hit a pile driver when he scored against Anderlecht in the Champions League at an astonishing speed of 150 kmph!

David Beckham scored a pile driver when he scored a really hard strike against Chelsea in February 1997 in the Premier League. It was struck at a speed of 157.5 kmph! Although he looks like a player who is on the delicate side, he did have a wicked strike in him.

Below we take a look at the top 5 fastest strikes in football:

1) David Hirst – 183 kmph

David Hirst shot
David Hirst hit an extremely powerful shot, but couldn’t score

David Hirst of Sheffield Wednesday scored a rocket of a shot when he hit a shot with 183 kmph against Arsenal at Highbury in September 1996. Although the shot was hit fiercely, it could not find its way in the back of the net, as it came off the crossbar. That was one incredible attempt and I am pretty sure no one would want to get in its way!

What’s interesting is that then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson attempted to sign the Sheffield Wednesday man six times, failing all the times. Instead, they signed Eric Cantona and the rest is history.

He left for Southampton for a price of £2 million, a club record, where he hung up his boots after playing just 30 league matches in three years. 

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