Ross Barkley shows hidden trait in incredible 5,000 metre run feat

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has posted on social media his impressive record of just over 16 minutes in 5,000 metre run.

This is quite surprising, to be honest. If it was N’Golo Kante, people would not bat an eye simply because it’s Kante.

But Barkley is not exactly known as a runner on the pitch. His game revolves around creativity and thunderous strikes from range.

According to the data posted by Chelsea’s official Twitter account, the 26-year-old completed 5.2km run in a ridiculous 16 minutes and 11 seconds. That is an average pace of three minutes and three seconds for every kilometer.

To put it into perspective, the world record in 5000m run is 12 minutes and 37 seconds, held by Ethiopian runner Kenenisa Bekele. Bekele had an average pace of two minutes and 31 seconds for each kilometer.

Although to be fair, Barkley has shown glimpses of a midfield dynamo in a few of his games, including against Burnley in January.

Barkley covered the most ground and had the highest average pace which helped Chelsea to a 3-0 home victory against the Clarets.

Chelsea legend Ashley Cole who is now part of the club’s coaching team responded to Barkley’s record saying: “I will beat that tomorrow.”

While others such as former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, Leicester City’s James Maddison and teammates Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour were all more interested in Barkley’s facial hair game.

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A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.