Yes, height is a great attribute for a human being especially if he is an athlete. But shortness can’t really stop you if you do have talent as well as dedication towards the game. For instance, the likes of Leo Messi, Diego Maradona, Luka Modric don’t have a great height but still, they are the role models of thousands of young footballers. So many short players have featured in this beautiful game all around the world. In this article, we will tell you about the top 10 shortest footballers of all time in history.
# Top 10 Shortest Footballers Of All Time:
10) Rui Gil Soares de Barros:
Barros stands 10th in our list with a height of 5 feet 3 inch. He was a former Portugal international who played as an attacking midfielder. The Portuguese represented FC Porto, Juventus as well as Marseille in the club level of football. He put the ball in the back of the net on 43 occasions for Porto.
9) Levi Porter:
Levi Porter sits on the 9th position. The English man has the as same height as Barros. He plays as a winger and was a product of the Leicester City Youth Academy. In addition to this, he represented England in Under-16 and Under-17 level.
8) Maximiliano Nicolas Moralez:
Maxi occupies the 8th position in the chart for his 5 ft 3 elevation. The Argentine plays as an attacking midfielder. He used to play for Serie-A club, Atalanta. During his Atalanta career, he was officially the shortest player in the Italian top flight. At this time, the Little Flask (his nickname) playing for MLS side New York City.
7) Madson Formagini Caridade:
Surprisingly, this Brazilian also stands at 5 ft 3. He started his senior level career at the Vasco de Gama. He had a superb time there before leaving for Santos where he also scored 9 goals. Then he joined Qatari club Al-Khor. Now he is back to his country once again and playing for Fortaleza.
6) Benedict Vilakazi:
Benedict sits in the 6th spot for his rather shorter size of 5 ft 1.81 inch. He is a South African by nationality. Despite being a short man his nature is absolutely the opposite. He is quite an aggressive person as a footballer and was also involved in a sex scandal.
5) Samuel Peter Lee:
One of the heavyweights in this chart. Obviously not heavy for his weight but for his deeds. The 5’1.8″ tall footballer used to play for EPL giants Liverpool. He featured in 197 matches for the All Reds. More importantly, he worked as the assistant manager under the likes of Graeme Souness Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez in Liverpool. He also worked under Sam Allardyce and got a nickname of “Little Sam”. The star is holding the 5th position on the top 10 shortest footballers list.
4) Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari:
Al-Kuwari stands on the 4th spot with an elevation of 5 ft 1. He used to play for Qatari side Al-Sadd. Moreover, he captained the Qatar national team too. After his retirement from football, he involves himself playing in beach football.
3) Marcin Garuch:
Garuch is at 3rd position in this chart. He is a Polish national. He plays for Miedz Legnica. Apart from this, he is also a good footballer and has gained great reputations despite his shorter size. He should be an inspiration for short people who love to play football.
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2) Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios:
The Argentine national used to play for famous Argentine club River Plate. During his time in the mentioned club, he used to be the shortest footballer in the team squad. In addition to this, Barrios was the youngest ever player to play for River Plate. He has a height of 5 ft 0.65 inch.
1) Elton Jose Xavier Gomes:
The shortest ever player to play in professional football is Elton Jose Xavier Gomes. The Brazilain stands in the very first position in the chart with a strange height of 5 ft 0.63 inch. The champion of our list plays mainly as an attacking midfielder. He is currently playing for Al-Qadsiah FC.