New Real Madrid player Gareth Bale has reportedly reached Usain Bolt-like speed during Sunday’s La Liga 2-2 draw with Villarreal, after he was clocked at 40 kilometers per hour, or 24.85 metres per hour, during the game.
Bale’s speed is just 3 mph less than the ‘world’s fastest man’ Bolt’s record speed of 27.79 mph during the 100 metres event at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.
According to the New York Daily News, Bale’s speed is astonishing considering that the Welsh international was playing in only his second competitive game in months after sitting out most of the last season with a muscle injury, with Wales national team coach Chris Coleman even warning that Bale is not fit enough to play an entire game.
The report mentioned that Bale, who moved from Tottenham to Madrid last month for a reported $132m transfer fee, is expected to get even more faster and better with each passing game.
However, Bale admitted that he is not too sure about his fitness as he had no game time during the summer, adding that he needs to get game time under his belt and get his fitness up as quick as he can.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has said his understanding with Bale is growing match by match after the two played their parts in Real Madrid’s 6-1 Champions League win at Galatasaray.
“We are getting to know each other,” Ronaldo said. “He is steadily getting up to speed because he has been out of action for a while and it is all going well for him.”
Bale came on as a second-half substitute and played a part in setting up the fourth and fifth goals for Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Bale joked at his official presentation that Ronaldo was the boss when it came to team hierarchy and the taking of free-kicks, but the midfielder got to take the set piece that led to Ronaldo’s second goal.