Top 10 Tallest Soccer Players in the World – Updated RankingPosted By: Jalaluddin Mughal | April 6, 2018
If we look at the list of the greatest football players of all time, we will see that one of the legends is particularly known for his height. Obviously, with a lower centre of gravity and better control, players of average heights find it easier to be creative. But, height can be a great advantage, especially for players in the central defence. It’s an obvious requirement for goalkeepers, of course. Sometimes, attackers, too, can take great advantage of their long legs, if they are gifted with a good height. Let’s take a look at some of the tallest soccer players of all time.
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- Top 10 Tallest Soccer Players in the World
- Kristof van Hout – (Height: 2.08 m – 6 ft 10 in)
- Paul Millar – (Height: 2.08 m – 6 ft 10 in)
- Vanja Iveša – (Height: 2.05 m – 6 ft 9 in)
- Yang Changpeng – (Height: 2.05 m -6 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
- Tor Hogne Aarøy – (Height: 2.04 m – 6 ft 8 1/2 in)
- Lacina Traore – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
- Costel Pantilimon – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
- Kjell Petter Opheim – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
- Even Iversen – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
- Øyvind Hoås – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
Top 10 Tallest Soccer Players in the World
We are going to include all the footballers/soccer players who had to have played some sort of professional football during their careers. This would be fitting to answer the eternal question: Who is the tallest soccer player in the world? So just scroll down to get your answers.
Kristof van Hout – (Height: 2.08 m – 6 ft 10 in)
The 31-year-old goalkeeper is officially the tallest goalkeeper and tallest soccer players in the world, measuring up to a monstrous 6ft 10 inches. He began his career in the Netherlands at Willem II, the former club of Jaap Stam before he moved to PSV squad. Later, he also played for the Belgium side K.V. Kortrijk. He then moved to Standard Liege on a three-year contract on 6 August 2009. He also played as a goalie for the Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos FC in season 2014-15. Kristof is currently a squad member of the Belgian Pro League club Westerlo since 2015. This lanky Goal-keeper doesn’t even have to jump to catch the incoming corners because of his 6’10” height.
Paul Millar – (Height: 2.08 m – 6 ft 10 in)
Millar is a British striker who plays for the Scottish side Deveronvale. He is mostly acknowledged for his performance for Elgin City FC between 2010 and 2014. Elgin City FC staff had to heighten the entrance because of his 6’10” feet height. He then played for the Formartine United during season 2014-15. Besides being a footballer, he is also a full-time fireman who works at the RAF Kinloss base at Moray in the Highland areas of Scotland. Kirkcaldy YM recently inducted him into their hall of fame at the annual award ceremony. He is at the 2nd position among tallest soccer players of all time and one of the tallest soccer players in Europe.
Vanja Iveša – (Height: 2.05 m – 6 ft 9 in)
Croatian goalkeeper Vanja Ivesa currently plays for NK Istra 1961. He became the oldest player ever to participate in the Croatian First Football League on 17th February 2018. Besides, he also played for Elazığspor, the first division club in Turkey. After making his debut with NK Istra in 1995, Ivesa played for multiple clubs in and out of Croatia such as Australian league team Sydney United FC, Croatian Football Club NK Zminj, Turkish Club Eskişehirspor and his native club NK Opatija. He is the 3rd tallest soccer players on earth. Interestingly, he is also the tallest soccer player FIFA 18.
Yang Changpeng – (Height: 2.05 m -6 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Next one on tallest soccer players, Yang, is a Chinese striker and is well known due to his stint in Bolton Wanderers in 2006. Upon his arrival, he was dubbed as “Chinese Peter Crouch” when he was at a one-month trial in England. But as he failed to make an impression, he moved back to his country. He then played for several Chinese clubs such as Chengdu Blades, Shenzhen Fengpeng, Meizhou Kejia and Yinchuan Helanshan. He is currently playing for Henan Jianye of Chinese Super League. The 6 feet and 8.1⁄2 inches tall Chinese soccer star is the 4th tallest footballer in the world. He is also among the tallest soccer players now who still participate in the game actively.
Tor Hogne Aarøy – (Height: 2.04 m – 6 ft 8 1/2 in)
Norwegian football forward Tor Hogne Aaroy scored several impressive goals for Norwegian Premier League club Aalesunds FK. His stint with Japanese club JEF United Chiba also got praises from football pundits. Standing at 2.04 meter (6 ft 8 1⁄2 in), Tor Hogne Aaroy is the world’s 5th tallest soccer players. Aarøy earned his call-up for the Norwegian national team on 27th January 2009, as a part of then-caretaker coach Egil Olsen’s first squad. But sadly, he opted to withdraw from the national squad to stay at home awaiting the birth of his second kid.
Lacina Traore – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
Ivorian footballer Lacina Traoré currently plays for the French Ligue 1 club Amiens SC. Traoré came into notice when Monaco bought him in 2014. But he is mostly known for his stint with Everton on loan from AS Monaco. He played as a striker for Premier League side Everton and became the tallest soccer player in EPL. Traoré is nicknamed the “Gentle Giant” and “The Big Tree” due to his 6 ft 8in frame. He does not just rely on his height but also on his pace and power. Traoré also played for Sporting Gijón and made his debut in La Liga against Alavés on 5th February 2017. He is among the tallest soccer players still active in the international circuit and was the tallest soccer player in La Liga.
Costel Pantilimon – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
Romanian footballer Costel Fane Pantilimon currently plays as a goalkeeper for English Championship club Nottingham Forest on loan from Watford. He earned praises for his performance with Manchester City during his time in the club between 2011 and 2014. While playing for City, he became the tallest soccer player in Premier League. After leaving the sky blues, he then played for Sunderland. At the height of 6’8″ (203 cm), he is currently the tallest player in EFL. He is known for his fine conduct and performance. Besides his club career, Pantilimon also played for the Romanian national team since 2008. He is currently the 7th tallest footballer in the world.
Kjell Petter Opheim – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
Norwegian footballer Kjell Petter Opheim has earned complements for his performance with Norway’s club Stryn Football (3rd tier Norwegian league squad). As a goalkeeper standing 6.8 feet tall, he is the 10th tallest footballer in the world. Besides Stryn, he also played for several other big clubs such as 2-time Norwegian Premier League winners Lyn Football and the 1983 Norwegian Cup winners Moss FK. He also participated in several competitive matches for Manglerud Star club. Despite having good seasons in the Norwegian lower league, Opheim never really made a mark for himself in the world of football.
Even Iversen – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
Norwegian defender Even Iversen never played outside of Norway throughout his professional career. He started his footballing journey while playing for Oslo East and Flakstad IL during his childhood days. He currently plays for the Norwegian club Hasle-Løren Idrettslag since his joining in 2013. The only pinnacle of his professional soccer career came when he played for the Norwegian League Champions Bode/Glimt in 2006-2007. With an unmatched height of 6.8 feet, Iverson is the 9th tallest player in football history.
Øyvind Hoås – (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)
Yet another lanky footballer from Norway, but unlike the former ones, he has made a name for himself in the soccer world. Oyvind Hoas currently plays as a striker for Kristiansund since his joining in 2015. He started his football journey while playing for Molde FK, and then he transferred to Fredrikstad two years later. He earned acknowledgements for his brief career with Honefoss (Norwegian first division team). Besides his club appearances, Hoas also played for the under-21 international squad of Norway. With a height of 6ft and 8 inches, he is one of the tallest soccer players in the world.
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