Nottingham Forest defender Felipe has been named the fastest 34-year-old in Europe’s top five leagues.

The Brazilian, who joined the Reds from Atletico Madrid in January, clocked a speed of 31km/h during the second half of last season.

His peak speed of 31 km/h is a whole 2.8km/h faster than the average for a 34-year-old in the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Premier League. The man is a machine.

Felipe, known for his ‘aggressive‘ play style, played a huge part in Forest’s survival last season and helped sure up what was one of the leakiest defences in the league before his arrival.

However, the defender missed the Reds’ opener at Arsenal last weekend and it remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to play on Friday against Sheffield United.

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The Brazilian brick wall

According to FotMob, in his 16 games for the club last season he only received a rating under 7.0 four times.

Defensively, Felipe was the most effective Reds defender, averaging 2.6 tackles per 90, with 2.1 blocks, 5.4 clearances and 3.3 aerial duels won per game.

These stats alone put him in the top 5% of all defenders in Europe, a staggering feat for a 34-year-old.

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He’s already proved to be a steal for the £2 million that the club spent on the Brazilian during the January window.

Felipe doesn’t play like a 34-year-old coming to the back end of his career, with his pace, tenacity and desire evident in his performances.

Despite his injury, there is hope he can return soon and replicate his fantastic form from last campaign helping Steve Cooper’s side achieve a sold mid-table finish this time around.

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