Lightning Bolt! Ronaldo show his speed by running 96 metres in 10 seconds… only to hit the post
13:22 GMT, 3 December 2012
Usain Bolt eat your heart out. The fastest man in the world might have six Olympic gold medals after defending his titles in London this year, but we bet he can’t do this in a pair of boots.
This video shows Cristiano Ronaldo covering 96 metres of the pitch in only 10 seconds against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Count them. We knew he was fast, but we never knew he was that fast.
Although he is some way off Bolt’s world record, it is worth remembering he has a standing start with no sprint block that athletes use, he is running on grass and in boots, he is concentrating on the movement of the ball (and slows down to prepare to shoot), and he has already run about 7km during the game.
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Getting on the end of it: Cristiano Ronaldo sprints 96 metres in 10 seconds to get on the end of a ball that hits the post
Missing out: Ronaldo reacts after seeing his shot hit the post
Sadly, he hits the post, but it is nonetheless hugely impressive to maintain that speed over such a distance.
Despite Real’s 2-0 victory on Saturday night over their near neighbours Atletico, their local rivals remain five points ahead and arch-rivals Barcelona to establish an 11-point lead over Mourinho’s men.
Mourinho was jeered by sections of the crowd in last Tuesday’s Copa del Rey defeat of Alcoyano, prompting the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss to offer supporters the chance to vent their frustration by arranging to come to the side of the pitch 40 minutes before the Atletico game.
Sprint king: Usain Bolt won gold in the 100m at the London 2012 Olympics
Out in front: Bolt won the 100m in a time of 9.63 seconds
The reaction was mixed but with less than 5,000 fans inside the Bernabeu at the time, it offered little indication as to how the majority were feeling.
Nevertheless, it is now being speculated that Mourinho and Madrid president Florentino Perez have agreed his tenure at the club will come to an end next summer.