Shortest Premier League Players Ever

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Whether tall or short, physique or slender, any one of any size has the chance to become a successful footballer or even a champion if they want, such as the shortest football players in EPL history.

A player's height may somewhat be a determinant factor for the position footballer plays; however, people of any size have an equal opportunity to excel professionally at football. Though for the positions as goalkeepers, center backs, and target heading forwards, taller players are better options in wide and attacking positions, they can't be as good as the shorters.

Many of the world-class players who have been smaller than average and could gain advantages, in many cases, from their low center of gravity can work as confirming examples. In other words, being short and diminutive can seem a disadvantage at a time when footballers play in an overly rough, physical league, but it is not a reason for making them a bad player. 

An Overview on the Shortest Football Players in the Premier League History

Though National Basketball Association has had tall players, such as Shaq, Wilt, and Yao, and the National Football League has its muscular lineman, soccer has the opportunity of shining for shorter and smaller athletes. Not only do they have the chance of flourishing, but also they can become a hero such as FC Barcelona's 

Lionel Messi

, or even 


, Maradona, and others who could attain legendary status before Messi.

Since most of the football is with the ball at the feet of the players, short players can thrive if they outshine at ball control, speed, agility, and the ability to change direction quickly, such as the 

shortest Premier League players ever

. Contributing to passing attacks is one thing, which small size players can do to exhaust taller and at times slow and less-skilled opponents.

Despite being popular in Latin America and Spain, this possession-focused style is somewhat usual in the U.S., even in recreational teams who use skill and smart tactics to challenge larger rivals. Being smaller than other players earns shorter athletes the opportunity of responding more quickly, accelerating better, moving with more agility, and having more strength-to-weight ratio. So, join us as we present a list of shortest EPL players of all time and a brief of how much these players are successful.

Stephane Sessegnon

Height: 5 ft 8 in- 1.68m

The Beninese professional footballer is the one who plays a variety of positions as a forward, a winger, and a midfield offensive playmaker. Sességnon, one of the shortest premier league players ever, is Benin's all-time top scorer that made 83 appearances in which scored 24 international goals.

Sességnon started his career with Benin Premier League side Requins de l'Atlantique, and only after a year in the club's senior team, ventured to France to join Creteil, based in the Parisian suburb. Being on the list of the 

smallest players in the premier league of all time

, Sességnonhas can grab the attention of spectators by showing his best football.

To see how Sességnonhas links effortlessly with strikers and midfielders as a central point of the attack makes his fans joy his playing. Being robust and intelligent are two others of Sességnonhas' attributes which impress his all-round quality, that Steve Bruce, the manager of Sunderland, described him as a player who can play on the left, on the right, through the middle. Additionally, Bruce mentioned Sességnonhas as a little powerhouse with a low center of gravity, some noble dribbling skilled, and a good shot. 

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Santi Cazorla

Height: 5 ft 7 in – 1.67 m

Another player among the smallest premier league players ever is the Spanish 37- year-old player, Santi Cazorla, who signed a long-term deal with Premier League club Arsenal for £ 10 million. While after the arrivals of 

Lukas Podolski

, the German attacker, and 

Oliver Giroud

, The French striker, Cazorla became Arsene Wenger's third major signing of the summer. Also, by showcasing his brilliant play on his first debut for the club against 


, Cazorla picked up the man of the match award.

The miniature Spaniard Arsenal playmaker after joining English football not only has he been intimated by some of the giants he comes up against, but also regularly he racked up assists and goals. 

Cazorla is the former Spanish international player, which operates primarily as an attacking midfielder, while he can also play as a winger, central midfielder, or as a deep-lying playmaker. Making his senior debut for Spain in a triumph against 


, Cazorla then became a semi-regular player in the nation's successes at UEFA Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, as well as starring at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Cazorla's first international goal was in a friendly match against Chile, and by making 80 appearances scored 15 goals for the national side. Cazorla, one of the shortest players in the Premier League era, achieved many honors, such as individual ones, including Spain's Player of the Year in 2006-07, 


Player of the Season in 2012-13, and PFA Fan's Player of the Month in 2014, and 2015. 

Emanuele Giaccherini

  • Height: 5 ft 7 in- 1.67 m

The next player in the list of the 

Shortest Premier League Players Ever

 is a 35-year-old player, Emanuele Giaccherini. Giaccherini is a right-footed professional player from Italy, who has the experience of playing in Seria A for


, Serie A for Bologna, Premier League for Sunderland, Serie A for


, and Serie A for


. Giaccherini currently plays as an attacking midfielder (center), winger (left) in Serie B for club


. Giaccherini started his career at Cesena and then loaned three times at lower-league clubs while he helped them to gain consecutive promotions to reach Serie A.

During his professional career, Giaccherini left for Juventus, where he won the league title in both of his seasons, and then joined Sunderland. Giaccherini, one of the 

shortest football players in Premier League history

, has had many outstanding performances, which one of his bests was the match against Slernitana in 2020 in Serie B, regular season.

His excellent performance made him receive a match rating from FC of 8.2, and scoring his two winning goals caused Chievo to win the match with a score of 2-0. Chievo also received a match rating of 7.9 in the game against 


by scoring one goal, and 7.1 against AC


 with one assist.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

  • Height: 5 ft 6 in – 1.66 m


Nottingham Forest

youth Product, Wright-Phillips, is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger. In his career, Wright-Phillips played for many famous clubs, such as the Premier League and Football League for 

Manchester City


, and 

Queens Park Rangers

 in Major League Soccer for the 

New York Red Bulls

, and at senior international level for the England national team.

By his privileged performance, Wright-Phillips is one of the Premier League's most recognizable players and one of the shortest Premier League players ever. Forging a successful career for himself, the former Chelsea and Manchester City winger, Wright-Phillips, won a Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea.

Being adopted at using agility and turning of pace, which all come from his shortness, Wright-Phillips, such as Lennon, who has competed with him for right-wing England spot over the years, beat players. Wright-Phillips's stature and low center of gravity, which stems from his shortness, earned him a lot of superiorities, including having a distinct advantage in a one-on-one situation with defenders.

One of his famous goals, which BBC Sport described as crowning a solo run with a stunning finish, is the one Wright-Phillips scored the last of England's goals in a 3-0 win while he was making his England debut as a substitute for Nicky Butt against Ukraine in 2004. 

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Alan Wright

  • Height: 5 ft 4 in – 1.63 m

Alan Wright, the English former professional football player, is the one whose name is among the 

smallest Premier League players ever

. After playing over 750 league and cup games for eight clubs, such as eight years spell for 

Aston Villa

, Wright is recently the manager of Southport after spells coaching at 


and Northwich Victoria. Being one of the shortest Premier League players ever, standing at only 5 feet 4 inches tall, Wright played at left-back position got the popular nickname of 'the mighty atom'.

Overall, standing at minuscule-5 feet, and 4 inches did not let Wright's bite-size stature prevents him from becoming a Premier League, such as how he did during his eight-year playing at Aston Villa. Before moving on to play for 

Sheffield United

 in the top flight, the left-back made more than 250 league appearances for Villa; Though earlier than his £1-million arrival at Villa Park, Wright had also featured for

Blackburn Rovers

in the Premier League. 

Aaron Lennon


  • Height: 5ft 5 in- 1.65 m

One of the shortest Premier League players ever, Aaron Lennon, is an English professional footballer who began his career at hometown club 

Leeds United

 and made his debut in 2003, while he was the youngest player to play in the Premier League at the time. Moving to 

Tottenham Hotspur

 for £1 million, Lennon scored 30 goals over making his 364 appearances across all competitions. In the career history of this 33-year-old footballer, there are many successes, which his first significant honor was the time Lennon won the League Cup as Tottenham Hotspur won with a 2-1 victory over London rivals 



Also, being selected by England for the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups is one of his other achievements, which he gains, after making his senior debut for the England national team in 2006. Among all of the memorable scenes and games Lennon has done, one of them is tackling 

Calum Chambers

 of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, which his shortness has not been ineffective in it. Experiencing the honor of one of the shortest players in EPL history, currently playing with Dyer is Tottenham's, Aaron Lennon.

Nathan Dyer


  • Height: 5 ft 5 in – 1.65 m 

Starting playing as a teenager at 


and making it the first team, Dyer is an English professional football player who last played for Championship club 

Swansea City

. In 2009, moving to the Swans on loan from Southampton, Dyer made his joining permanent in the summer after his temporary stint in South Wales. Also, Dyer had loan spells with Burnley, Sheffield United, and

Leicester City

, where he was a member of the team which won the 2015-16 Premier League. Dyer made 348 appearances for Swansea and scored 38 goals.

Alongside his career, Dyer was part of the squad that could gain promotion into Premier League and also won the League cup under Michael Laudrup in 2013. By holding the distinction of being one of the

shortest Premier League players ever

, Dyer flies past defenders at ease, and by his pace, which looks electric, he acts as the scourge of many a back-line because he loves running in behind.

This winger, who is among the smallest players in the Premier League of all time, was instrumental in Swansea City's most renowned ever day. Dyer scored a brace and put in a Man of the Match performance in their 5-0 victory against

Bradford City

, which saw them win the Capital One Cup. 

Juninho Paulista

  • Height: 5 ft 6in – 1.68 m

Known as a Brazilian former footballer, Juninho Paulista played as an attacking midfielder. Playing for Brazilian clubs such as

Sao Paulo



, as well as English club


, Spanish club

Atletico Madrid

, Paulista played 49 international matches for the Brazilian national team and won the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic tournament.

Thought by many to be Middlesbrough's most prominent ever player, Paulista, one of the 

shortest players in EPL history

, and the minute Brazilian was an absolute talent. Paulista played professionally for 17 years and meanwhile made over 350 appearances for nine different clubs such as spelling in Spain, Australia, and



Besides, Paulista won several trophies during his career, including the Brazilian Seria A title, the Copa Libertadores, and the League Cup with Middlesbrough. Along with his domestic honors, Paulista was also a part of the successful Brazilian sides, which won the Confederations Cup in 1997, and the FIFA World Cup in 2002. Upon his retirement from playing, Paulista, which was one of the shortest Premier League players ever, returned to Brazil, where he moved former side Ituano as club president. 

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Albert Crusat

Height: 5 ft 5 in – 1.65 m

Mostly played as a left-winger, Albert Crusat is a Spanish retired football player, during his playing often relied on his dribbling ability and incredible pace. Having started at Espanyol, Crusta spent most of his professional career with Almeria, as well as making appearances in 212 competitive matches and scoring 34 goals during six seasons.

The tiny wide player, Crusat, is the joint-second shortest ever professional footballer in England's top-flight and one of the 

shortest EPL players of all time

. By his extraordinary skills, Crusat could make up what this Brazilian player lacked in stature during the time of his career. Crusta joined the DW Stadium from Almeria in 2011 but only could make 17 career outgoings for the Latics and score one goal. 

Andy Ducros

Height: 5 ft 4 in – 1.63 m

Being from a usual family without some exceptional qualities, no one could believe that Ducros could achieve his dream of being a successful footballer. Having a passion for Association Football Player, loving for the industry, and his long struggle earned him the position he was expecting. 

Probably, the shortest-known small player on our list, striker Ducros is tied for the shortest Premier League players ever to grace England's top tier. Being a youth team player at Coventry City, Ducros made eight Premier League appearances for the Sky Blues while he did not score any goals between 1996 and 1997. Then, he went on representing




, and


in English football's lower echelons. While being as unheard of as the Premier League performer, but Andy Ducros is a Premier League performer nonetheless.

As the final word, Andy Ducros was a reputed professional, which could make a place for himself among the top 10 professionals. Despite being an easy-going person, Ducros is a well-planned and long runner when it comes to professional issues.

According to his focused career goal, which was making his progress in a day by day schedule, Ducros made a planned career path for himself to make his way smoother. Alongside his efforts, Ducros, who is among the list of the

shortest players in the Premier League era

, gained many achievements, including being awarded as the best performer and as the Presidential award on National Day.

Overall, the height criterion may have seemed like a common denominator for many of the best players, but it is not a necessary criterion for success. By looking at all football players across the world, it is clear that there is an overwhelming tendency for the 11-most picked players in a squad to be shorter than their teammates. Sportmob always looks for your satisfaction by presenting accurate content, so if there is any comment, we welcome you.

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