Bale can reach 36.9 kilometers an hour according to a new study which puts him ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
He is the driving force behind Wales' push for Euro 2016 and, fresh from tearing Israel apart in Haifa on Saturday, Gareth Bale has been named the world's fastest footballer - clocking 36.9km/h.
That is the top speed the Cardiff-born flier can reach with the ball at his feet according to a new study carried out by Mexican Premier League club Pachuca and backed by FIFA.
Bale was in glorious full flight once again for Wales on the weekend, scoring with two stunning strikes and drawing two fouls from Eitan Tibi which saw the Israel centre back sent off after going past him like he wasn't there.
Nevertheless Bale's status as football's Speedy Gonzales could be under threat from a young upstart from Mexico.
The surprise name in second on the list in the quickest footballers study was 22-year-old Jürgen Damm, who plays for Pachuca.
The youngster, of German parentage but born in Mexico, has recently been picked by Mexico manager Miguel 'Piojo' Herrera to play in the national side.
Damm is capable of reaching 35.23 km/h and that puts him ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo (33.6 km/h) and Lionel Messi (32.5 km/h) who are fifth and seventh in the list.
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia is third-fastest in the top 10 (35.1 km/h) followed by Everton's Aaron Lennon (33.8 km/h) in fourth.
Theo Walcott (32.7 km/h) is sixth while Wayne Rooney (31.2 km/h), Franck Ribery (30.7 km/h) and Sergio Ramos (30.6 km/h) make up the top 10.