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Check out the top ten fastest shots. How hard can you strike the ball? Below are some of the fastest shots recorded in professional soccer. Beckham even made the list twice - both while he was playing for Manchester United.
1) David Hirst - 114mph (for Sheffield Wednesday @ Arsenal on September 16 1996)
2) David Beckham - 97.9mph (for Man Utd v Chelsea on February 22 1997)
3) David Trezeguet - 96mph (for Monaco @ Man Utd on March 19 1998)
4) Richie Humphreys - 95.9mph (for Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa on August 17 1996)
5) Matt Le Tissier - 86.8mph (for Southampton v Newcastle on January 18 1997)
6) Alan Shearer - 85.8mph (for Newcastle v Leicester on February 2 1997)
7) Roberto Carlos - 85.2mph (for Brazil v France on June 3 1997)
8) Tugay - 84.2mph (for Blackburn @ Southampton on November 3 2001)
9) Obafemi Martins - 84mph (for Newcastle @ Tottenham on January 14 2007)
10) David Beckham - 80.5mph (for Man Utd @ Derby on September 4 1996)
Also, don't forget John Arne Riise of Liverpool, who is one of the hardest strikers of the ball in the world.
Here's Roberto Carlos making the ball do amazing things:
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Hat tip to SoccerBlog for the first look at this article and the Guardian UK for the original article on the fastest (most powerful) shots on goal.