Diego Simeone's side were 2-1 down to Athletic Bilbao in the dying moments and they couldn't afford to drop points in the title race.
Atletico had poured bodies forward to attack and it left Bilbao free to hit on the counter. That is, until Llorente got involved.
The Spaniard was seen busting a gut from his own half to get back and make a last-ditch challenge and deny Jon Morcillo, with Mundo Deportivo clocking his speed at 35.4 km/hr.
Marcos Llorente last night broke the LaLiga speed record for the season. This sprint clocked at 35.4 km/hr was recorded in the 91st (!) min by him sprinting back to defend a counter.
Absolute joy to see so much commitment, in victory or in defeat. Honor. pic.twitter.com/OQ1hbvksdO
- AU (@parteyismo) April 26, 2021
He's not even in frame when the counter attack begins and it means he sits atop this campaign's speed charts. How can you be that fast in injury time?
While the game did end 2-1 and give Barcelona a chance to jump top of La Liga on Thursday, fans are loving Llorente's commitment.
Playing in a new role on the right, he has scored 11 times and provided 10 assists in 32 appearances.
Cannot stress how much work he put in till the 91st min. Started out as a second striker, shifted to RW as the game progressed, started the 2nd half in the midfield and ended the game at RB.- AU (@parteyismo) April 26, 2021
Leaves every drop of effort on the pitch every time he steps on it. Can't ask for more.
This guy can play any position apart from GK and own it. https://t.co/xtRf8Ise2I- Jordan SV (@swimmashakes) April 26, 2021
EA Sports: 84 pace should be enough https://t.co/kvRGXJ9GOK- Stindlinho (@Stindlinho) April 26, 2021
Llorente's feat comes weeks after Erling Haaland demolished the Bundesliga's barriers for Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart.
Featured Image Credit: La Liga & Marcos Llorente/Instagram
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