How Fast Is Salah? (Top Speed Revealed)

Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly in the conversation when it comes to being the best player in the English Premier League. He's also one of the fastest in the league. But exactly how fast is Salah?

Salah's highest top speed is 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h), measured in the 2021/22 Premier League season. His highest speed with the ball is 21.7 mph (34.93km/h) which was recorded in 2018. In 2022, Salah has an average speed of 19.95 mph (32.11 km/h).

So now you know exactly how fast Mohamed Salah is, but how fast is he compared to other players? And how fast would Salah be able to run 100m? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this article!

How Fast is Mo Salah?

There's no denying Salah is incredibly fast and one of the fastest soccer players in the world. During the 2021/22 season, Mohamed Salah achieved his highest speed to date.

Mohamed Salah's highest recorded speed is 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h).

This top speed was enough to get Salah into the top 10 fastest soccer players in the world.

Below are the current top 10 fastest soccer players in the world:

Player:Top Speed:
1. Kylian Mbappé23.6 mph (38 km/h)
Adama Traore23.6 mph (38k m/h)
2. Kyle Walker23.49 mph (37.8 km/h)
3. Aaron Wan Bissaka23.35 mph (37.6 km/h)
4. Ainsley Maitland-Niles23.26 mph (37.44 km/h)
5. Fred23.16 mph (37.3 km/h)
6. Phil Foden23.06 mph (37.1 km/h)
7. Gareth Bale22.92 mph (36.9 km/h)
8. Antonio Rudiger22.8 mph (36.69 km/h)
9. Mohamed Salah22.74 mph (36.59 km/h)
10. Alphonso Davies22.7 mph (36.5 km/h)

What is Salah’s top speed?

Salah's highest top speed is 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h), measured in the 2021/22 Premier League season.

Although this top speed doesn't make Salah the fastest player in the world, he's undeniably still very fast!

This top speed does make Salah the fastest player on the Liverpool roster in the 2021/22 season.

How fast is Salah with the ball?

Mohamed Salah's highest speed with the ball is 21.7 mph (34.93km/h), which was recorded in 2018.

As you can see, Salah only loses a tiny bit of speed when he's on the ball.

In fact, Salah's top speed with the ball is only 1.04 mph (1.66 km/h), slower than his overall top speed.

It is believed that a counterattack against Arsenal, which led to an incredible solo goal, is when Salah hit this top dribble speed.

(You can see this dribble in the first clip of the video below)

How fast can Salah run 100m?

So now you know exactly how fast Salah can run, but how fast would he be able to run 100 meters?

If we were to take Salah's highest ever speed of 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h) and apply that to the 100m sprint, Salah would complete 100m in 10.03 seconds.

It is highly unlikely that Salah would be able to maintain his top speed for the entire 100 meters, so this may need adjusting.

Salah's average speed in 2022 is 19.95 mph (32.11 km/h). 

If we were to apply Salah's average speed to the 100m sprint, the Egyptian would run 100m in 11.43 seconds.

To put this into perspective, the world record for completing the 100m sprint is 9.58 seconds. Usain Bolt, of course, holds this record.

Obviously, Salah still has a way to go if he wants to catch the fastest man on the planet!

Is Salah The Fastest Player in The Premier League?

There's no denying Salah is incredibly fast and one of the fastest in the English Premier League.

However, he is not the fastest player in the Premier League. That honor goes to Chelsea defender - Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger hit a top speed of 22.8 mph (36.69 km/h) in the 2021/22 season, only 0.04 mph (0.1 km/h) faster than Salah managed to hit.

As you can see, Salah might not be the fastest player in the Premier League, but he is very close!

Below are the top 10 fastest players in the 2021/22 Premier League season:

Player:Top Speed:
1. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)22.8 mph (36.69 km/h)
2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)22.74 mph (36.59 km/h)
Adama Traore (Wolverhampton)22.74 mph (36.59 km/h)
4. Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool)22.49 mph (36.19 km/h)
5. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)22.43 mph (36.09 km/h)
Patson Daka (Leicester)22.43 mph (36.09 km/h)
7. Adam Armstrong (Southampton)22.15 mph (35.64 km/h)
8. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)21.88 mph (35.21 km/h)
9. Nathan Tella (Southampton)21.75 mph (35 km/h)
10. Ismaila Sarr (Watford)21.67 mph (34.87 km/h)

Note: Adama Traore has a speed of 23.6 mph (38k m/h), faster than anybody else on this list. However, that top speed was achieved in the Europa League in 2020, not the Premier League.

How is Salah so Fast?

So now you know exactly how fast Mohamed Salah is. You may be wondering just how he became so fast?

There are a few reasons why Salah is so fast, but hard work and training are the main reasons.

When asked why he is so fast, Salah has spoken about spending lots of time in the gym to work on his leg strength.

Salah believes that having a lot of strength in his legs helps his explosivity and acceleration, which he believes help him win soccer matches.

Salah once said the following about how important he believes acceleration can be:

"It's not a small thing, it's a big thing in soccer right now. To have those first three or four meters be very fast can really help you finish a game."

Within this same conversation, Salah explained how he trains with the ball every day to make sure he stays as fast as possible.

One other reason Salah is so fast might be down to his footwear. Salah has spoken about the importance of wearing the right pair of cleats.

Salah had the following to say about his soccer cleats:

"If they feel comfortable and very light, it just feels like you are wearing nothing. If I feel the boots (cleats) are not light, I can't run at that speed. It feels like I have heavier legs."

For those interested, Mohamed Salah is wearing the Adidas X Speedflow.1 soccer cleats in 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is faster, Salah or Messi?

Mohamed Salah is faster than Lionel Messi.

Messi's highest measured speed is 20.1 mph (32.5 km/h). This is 2.64 mph (4.09 km/h) slower than Salah's highest top speed of 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h).

That Salah is so much faster than Messi is perhaps a surprise, especially since they have a similar style of play.

The reason for Salah being faster may be down to how much attention he puts into his speed training.

It's also worth noting that Messi may not rely on speed as much as other players who play in his position.

(Click here to find out exactly how fast Messi is)

Who is faster, Salah or Ronaldo?

Mohamed Salah is faster than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo's highest measured top speed is 21.1 mph (34 km/h). This is 1.64 mph (2.59 km/h) slower than Salah's highest top speed of 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h).

One player who arguably trains with speed in mind just as much as Salah is Ronaldo!

However, even though the Portuguese megastar has trained with Usain Bolt, he's still not as fast as Salah.

It is worth noting that speed stats and data were less common during Ronaldo's prime years compared to Salah's.

(Click here to find out exactly how fast Ronaldo is)

Who is faster, Salah or Mbappe?

Kylian Mbappé is faster than Mohamed Salah.

Mbappé's highest measured top speed is 23.6 mph (38 km/h). This is 0.86 mph (1.41 km/h) faster than Salah's highest top speed of 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h).

Unfortunately for Mohamed Salah, this is a speed battle he can't win.

Kylian Mbappé is the fastest soccer player in the world, so Salah can take a lot of pride that he's less than 1 mph slower than the Frenchman.

Who is faster, Salah or Haaland?

Mohamed Salah is faster than Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland's highest measured top speed is 22.39 mph (36.04 km/h). This is only 0.35 mph (0.55 km/h) slower than Salah's highest top speed of 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h).

When you consider how gigantic Haaland is for a soccer player, it's truly incredible that he is nearly as fast as Mohamed Salah.

(Click here to find out exactly how fast Haaland is)

Who is faster, Salah or Neymar?

Mohamed Salah is faster than Neymar.

Neymar's highest top speed is 21.6 mph (34.8 km/h). This is 1.14 mph (1.79 km/h) slower than Salah's highest top speed of 22.74 mph (36.59 km/h).

There's no denying Neymar is a very fast winger. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he just can't match the top speed of Mohamed Salah.

(Click here to find out exactly how fast Neymar is)

Conclusion

To summarize, Mohamed Salah is one of the fastest soccer players in the world.

He features in the top 10 when it comes to the world's fastest players, and only one player is faster than him in the Premier League.

One of the biggest reasons behind Salah's blistering speed is his intense training regime and, potentially, his choice in footwear.

James Miller

Soccer has been my passion since I was a kid. After my own career, I became a coach, something I have been doing for 15 years now. Sharing my knowledge about soccer is what I love most. So I hope you can appreciate my articles.
Published: 
May 6, 2022

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Published: May 6, 2022