Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are so fast they could be in an Olympic 100m final, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told Spanish newspaper AS.
Rodgers’ comment, meant more as admiration of the counter-attacking prowess of the Real Madrid superstars, nonetheless brought back the debate of “track speed” versus quickness in other sports.
Many NFL players have challenged Olympic sprinters to races. At the same time, some sprinters have tried to transition to the NFL (notably, Justin Gatlin during his drug suspension).
If Ronaldo and Bale literally had the speed to make an Olympic 100m final, they’d be able to run from one end of their home field, the Bernabeu, to the other in a little over 10 seconds.
Ronaldo actually is an Olympian. He played for Portugal’s soccer team at Athens 2004, two years before his World Cup debut.
Bale could run the 100m in 11.4 seconds as a promising 14-year-old track and field athlete, according to the Telegraph.