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# What is the speed of the fastest soccer ball ever kicked?

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The fastest soccer ball ever kicked had a speed of 132 miles per hour. Brazilian soccer player Ronny Heberson is responsible for this kick.

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This kick dates back to 2006 when Heberson played for Sporting Lisbon. The team was competing against Naval and Heberson kicked the ball at the 88-minute mark for the game. Heberson is a fullback and his kick is currently in the Guinness Book of World Records. Only one other soccer player comes close to this speed; in 1996, David Hirst kicked a soccer ball at 114 miles per hour in a game where his team the Sheffield Wednesday played Arsenal.

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