For years, the hardest shots ever could be measured in only words.
You might call it a rocket or a screamer or a barnstormer.
Nowadays all football shots can be measured by using replays and calculating the speed very accurately, don’t worry, you can still shout “What a scorcher!”
The men on our list never missed leg day, they could blast a modern football majestically and could probably knock a house down with the heavier footballs of the past.
There are some well known names here but you might be surprised by the clear winner.
Anyone who can remember seeing our winner play at his best, will not be surprised, Alex Ferguson tried to sign him 3 times but injuries blighted his career, often caused by brainless, skillless centre backs that couldn’t get anywhere near him without cheating.
Our number one is way ahead of the rest and will stay there for a while, what a thunderblaster that was, the hardest shot ever recorded.
10) David Beckham – 80.5mph (for Man Utd at Derby on September 4 1996)
9) Obafemi Martins – 84mph (for Newcastle at Tottenham on January 14 2007)
8) Tugay – 84.2mph (for Blackburn at Southampton on November 3 2001)
7) Roberto Carlos – 85.2mph (for Brazil v France on June 3 1997)
6) Alan Shearer – 85.8mph (for Newcastle v Leicester on February 2 1997)
5) Matt Le Tissier – 86.8mph (for Southampton v Newcastle on January 18 1997)
4) Richie Humphreys – 95.9mph (for Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa on August 17 1996)
3) David Trezeguet – 96mph (for Monaco at Man Utd on March 19 1998)
2) David Beckham – 97.9mph (for Man Utd v Chelsea on February 22 1997)
1) David Hirst – 114mph (for Sheffield Wednesday at Arsenal on September 16 1996)
When asked about the strikers waiting to replace the soon to retire Gary Lineker, Bobby Robson remarked, “It’s not a question of who will replace Lineker, but who will partner David Hirst” with shots like this we are not surprised.