Top 10 Shortest Football Players in the World

Posted on February 21, 2019, 5:42 pm
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Earlier, it has been considered that football is a game for the big man. Back then physical powers used to be counted as the most preferable than mental and technical capabilities. Then small players were considered as the risk in front of the big players. But recent time, the definition of football was changed. Maradona, Messi, Cazorla changed the facts and proved that due to being small, they have techniques to escaped the players. Today we are going to talk about the shortest football players in the World. 

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Let’s take a look below where we present the top 10 shortest football players in the World.

1. Elton Jose Xavier Gomes (5 feet 0.63 inches)

Elton Jose Xavier GomesElton Jose Xavier Gomes is currently 32 years old and he is a Brazilian attacking midfielder. He yet to get a chance to play with the national team but according to the report, he is the shortest football player in the World in recent time being.

His height is 5’ 0.63’’. Xavier Gomes is playing for Al-Qadisiyah and in his professional career. he has already changed plenty of clubs.

Though he started his professional career in 2004 and his first professional club was Corinthians.

2. Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios (5 feet 0.63 inches)

Daniel Alberto Villalva BarriosDaniel Alberto Villalva Barrios who is simply known as Daniel Villalva is a professional football player and Argentine by birth. He is playing as forward though for the Argentine national team, he yet to make his debut.

He is currently 26 years old and played for Argentina Under 17 team. He is one of the shortest football players in the current World with his height 5’ 0.63’’. Daniel Villalva started his professional career with River Plate in 2009 and now, he is spending the loan period with Queretaro.

However, in 2009 while playing with River Plate, he became the youngest player in the team ever.

3. Marcin Garuch (5 feet 1 inch)

Marcin GaruchMarcin Garuch is a Polish international football player who is also a Polish by birth. He is one of the most talented and shortest players in recent time.

His height is 5′ 1” according to the report. He is playing as a midfielder and currently playing for the Polish club Miedz Legnica.



4. Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari (5 feet 1 inch)

Jafal Rashed Al-KuwariJafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is a former professional football player who was born in Qatar. He played as a midfielder. With his height 5’1”, he is one of the shortest football players in history.

He played for Qatar national team from 1992 to 2002. There he played 51 international matches and scored a couple of goals so far. He also connected with team Al Sadd from 1990 to 2009.

5. Samuel Peter Lee (5 feet 1.81 inches)

Samuel Peter LeeSamuel Peter Lee who is also known as Sammy Lee was a former English professional football player. He is currently connecting with the English clubs as the coach.

He is 59 years old and played as a midfielder. In his youth career, he played with Liverpool and also started his senior career with the Teds.

He also played in England national team for a couple of years where he made 14 international appearances and scored 2 goals as well. With his height 5’ 1.81’’, he is one of the shortest football players so far.

6. Benedict Vilakazi (5 feet 1.81 inches)

Benedict VilakaziBenedict Vilakazi is a former professional football player who is South African by birth. He did not play for any reputed club though he is renowned due to his little structure.

He is noted as one of the shortest football players with his height 5’ 1.81’’. He is currently 36 years old and took his retirement from international football. He played for the South Africa national team and made 31 international appearances.

He played as a midfielder and finished his club career while playing for Botswana Meat Commission.

7. Madson Formagini Caridade (5 feet 3 inches)

Madson Formagini CaridadeMadson Formagini Caridade or simply Madson is a Brazilian professional football player and playing an attacking midfielder. His current team is Al-Khor.

He is 32 years old and started his professional career with Vasco Da Gama. He also played with Santos and couple of more clubs as a loan. He did not get a chance to play for the Brazil national team but also became popular due to his small stature.

He is one of the shortest football players with his height 5′ 3” according to the report.

8. Maximiliano Nicolas Moralez (5 feet 3 inches)

Maximiliano Nicolas MoralezMaximiliano Nicolas Moralez is also known as Maximiliano Moralez who is a professional football player and currently playing for New York City FC as an attacking midfielder.

He is also known as ‘Little Flask’ due to his small stature. He is an Argentine professional football player by birth and currently 31 years old.

He played an international match with Argentina national team in 2011 but later, he did not get another chance. He is one of the shortest players in football with his height 5′ 3”.

9. Levi Porter (5 feet 3 inches)

Levi PorterLevi Porter is an English professional football player and who is playing as a winger. His current team is Shepshed Dynamo from Midland Football League.

Though, he started his career with Leicester City but now ruled out from the Premier League. Started with the Foxes, he also played with Mansfield Town as the loan. He played for several English clubs as well.

He also played for England Under 16 and under 17 teams so far. With his height 5′ 3”, he is one of the shortest football players.

10. Rui Gil Soares de Barros (5 feet 3 inches)

Rui Gil Soares de BarrosRui Gil Soares de Barros simply known as Rui Barros is a former professional football player but currently connecting with the team as a coach. He is the current coach of Porto B team.

He is Portuguese by birth and played as an attacking midfielder. He is currently 52 years old But in his professional career, he played for a number of teams. Among them, Porto, Juventus, Monaco, and Marseille were renowned.

He is still one of the shortest footballers in the World with his height 5′ 3”.


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