Football is no more a big man’s game. The game now does not necessarily demand a strong, muscular presence of players. In fact, it has now got history and traditions of Shortest Football Players who’ve proved their technical abilities in the game. So that leaves us with accepting the fact that height and strong built does not matter. All that counts is the technical skills a footballer possesses. In this article, we’ll let you know about the Top 10 Shortest Football Players in the World who, with their not much height, have proved themselves as among the best footballers in the world. So here’s a glimpse of these players, with no fear and no hesitation of playing the game. Take a look and enjoy browsing!
Shortest Football Players in the World
Élton José Xavier Gomes
Élton José Xavier Gomes is 1.54 m (5 feet 0.63 inches) tall, Brazilian footballer. This shortest footballer on the planet is an attacking midfielder for Saudi club Al-Fateh and is the one who was signed by the Romanian side Bucuresti in 2007. He shows uniqueness in football techniques and has his trademark afro style. This small stature footballer attacked in 11 goals for his side resulting in victory at the league for the first time.
Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios
Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios is 1.54 m (5 feet 0.63 inches) tall and is at no. 2 on our list of the Top 10 Shortest Football Players. He is from Argentina and is a striker for River Plate. Villalva is the shortest player in the team and is also the youngest player to play for River Plate. He is 21 years old and has also played for Argentina in the 2009 U-17 World Cup. Despite his small body he has been able to come up as a competent footballer the team could ever have.
Marcin Garuch is 1.55 m (5 feet 1 inch) tall footballer who is a Polish national. He plays for Miedz Legnica club in the Puchar Polski and is known for his marvelous skills in dead ball situations. With his small size, he moves the ball quickly up to the forwards. Garuch with his small stature plays great football and his technical skill at the game is a solid proof of his abilities.
Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is a 1.55 m (5 feet 1 inch) tall footballer. He has played as a midfielder for Qatari side Al-Sadd and 2009 was the year of his retirement. Rashed played his farewell match against AC Milan and throughout his career, he has been a promising player for football. He has remained the captain of the Qatari national team and, also, played beach football for it. Despite his small height, he has proved himself as one of the best footballers the world has ever produced.
Rui Gil Soares de Barros
This 1.6 m (5 feet 3 inches) Portugal player who has now moved into management used to be a highly dangerous attacking midfielder. Rui Gil Soares de Barros has represented Porto, Juventus, and Marseille among other clubs in the late 80’s and 90’s. With his small height, he has made a name in the world of soccer. His skilled techniques at the game, his exceedingly well-playing style and his ability to keep the ball away from the opponents was a proof of him having a successful career in football. He had scored 43 goals in 191 games which are another proof of him being a great footballer, irrespective of his short stature. All in all, with his proven abilities, he exhibits a promising career in football.
Maximiliano Moralez nick name “maxi”, is an Argentine Professional Footballer. This attacking midfielder for Major League Soccer Club has a height of 1.6 m. He is definitely shorter than most footballers, but ‘Frasquito’ is loved by everyone. He started his career in 2003. His efficiency and skills are more than what his height suggests.
Levi Roger Porter, the 30 years old Briton has shown with a rigorous claim that size indeed doesn’t matter. With his 5 ft 3 inches modest height, this guy towers above many with his sheer magnificent skills. This is why Levi Porter deserves this position on this list of Top 10 Shortest Football Players in the World. He began his career on a high note with a one-year extension contract with Leicester City. Being a product of the Leicester City youth system, he had a lot to offer. With a few more teams showing interest in his worthwhile career, Levi finally joined the Shepshed Dynamo back in December 2012 and has been quite a dependable part of the squad ever since.
If there’s a list of the short footballers who have made their names with their prodigious skill, Madison Formagini will be a sure shot to make it to the list. Born in 1986 at the football crazy Rio, Madson was a football prodigy in making even as he started his career participating in the ranks of the local youth clubs. With the prestigious names like the Vasco da Gama club where he was a popular face in spite of his inconsistencies, he has a career to boast.
Right now aged 27…this young professional player on this list has a height of 1.68 m only. This roughly means that the player is 5 ft. and a little more than 5 inches tall. Born in the year of 1990, he is from Carmarthen, UK and has been playing football professionally since he was 16 years old. Despite his height, he is an amazing midfielder for Premier League club Stoke City.