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Shortest Football Players of All Time

Fri 23 October 2020 | 2:34

Here is a look at the list of shortest football players of all time.

Football was seen as a physically strong and tall man's sport once upon a time when athletic capabilities valued far more important than technical skills. However, today's developments in soccer changed culture and history and tiny footballers are preferred to physically strong players.

We find lots of misrepresentations and historical facts to make this a demanding argument on our way to the most comprehensive ranking of the smallest soccer players of all time. Among the world's

shortest footballers of all time

are the likes of 

Marco Verratti

,

Lorenzo Insigne

, and

Sebastian Giovinco

. After all, they can get the best of their bigger opponents usually with their low center of gravity. 

We will take a look at the list of

smallest footballers ever

in this article. All in all, soccer is an aggressive and physical game, and it is also an additional benefit to have a good height, particularly in important positions such as central defense and center forward. However, we have a long story with the smallest football players, who have shown their talents in the game. 

That being said, we have agreed that high and powerfully built are no longer necessary as it's difficult to know how 1.6 m players who have a lean and lightweight appearance can still play and flourish.

 

Shortest football players of all time

Here is a look at the list of shortest football players of all time.

10- Marco Verratti

  • Date of birth

    : Nov 5, 1992

  • Place of birth

    : Pescara  Italy

  • Age

    : 27

  • Height

    : 1,65 m

  • Citizenship

    : Italy

  • Position

    : Midfielder - Central Midfield

  • Foot

    : right

  • Current club

    : Paris Saint-Germain

The shortest football players who have been seen currently have proved effectively those who are competing in football games require talent and technical abilities. 

No

Italian

player in the modern era is better than Marco Verratti. He is recognized as the Italian national team's successor to Andre Pirlo. He is 165 cm and one of the

shortest football players of all time

. He is known as a highly-skilled player who is one of the greatest passers in the world. 

He also has incredible strength and endurance.  Verratti is famous for his composure in possession and his ability to hold the ball in small enclosed spaces under stress owing to his low center of gravity and the corresponding stability, with his fast feet, versatile and dynamic style of play.

His outstanding perception and passing ability help him to provide peers with precise long-distance passes or to monitor the playtime of his squad in the center by effective and quick exchanges.

He is able to play with both feet. Verratti has been evaluated by comparing to Italian icon Andrea Pirlo because of his strengths and style of play, Verratti soon grew into one of the world's finest play-making midfielders.

9- Lorenzo Insigne

  • Date of birth

    : Jun 4, 1991

  • Place of birth

    : Frattamaggiore  Italy

  • Age

    : 29

  • Height

    : 1,63 m

  • Citizenship

    : Italy

  • Position

    : Forward - Left Winger

  • Foot

    : right

  • Current club

    : SSC Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne is another one of those stars who everyone would recall in Italy as one of the exceptionally good soccer players. It's also quite interesting that Italian

Serie A

is honored with smaller and technically talented soccer players.

The player is 163 cm and although is considered as one of the

shortest football players of all time

, he is among the world's greatest strikers as well. 

He is a quick, creative, proficient, and tiny right-footed attacker with an eye for goal, generally used in a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation on the left side, enabling him to cut inside and curl the ball with his stronger foot on target.

Whereas his primary role is on the left flank, he is a tactically smart and flexible player, ready to play in any attacking position on either side of the field, or even through the center. Considering his lack of physical strength, he is famous for his defensive devotion in addition to his offensive skills.

Insigne has also played in deeper and more dynamic roles, either as an AMF playmaker behind the strikers in a free role in the center or as a second striker. Because of his passing mastery and awareness, which helps him to connect with midfielders, create space, and five assists to teammates.

Insigne is additionally able to play as a false 9. He is able to score goals in addition to his abilities to create goal opportunities for his teammates and is a precise free-kick taker.

His innovation, fast feet, and technical proficiency, and low center of gravity enables him to be exceptionally fast and agile in the possession and gives him adequate balance and ball control, that together with his pace, smart running, stamina, and dribbling abilities, enables him to defeat rivals and create chances in offensive areas for his side.

 

8- Sebastian Giovinco

  • Date of birth

    : Jan 26, 1987

  • Place of birth

    : Torino  Italy

  • Age

    : 33

  • Height

    : 1,64 m

  • Citizenship

    : Italy

  • Position

    : Forward - Second Striker

  • Foot

    : right

  • Current club

    : Al-Hilal Riyadh

Being 164 cm, the Italian player earned the 'Atomic Ant,' nickname because he's almost a nuclear weapon. Giovinco is known as one of the shortest football players of all time. When it comes to a dead-ball case, you should call him when you need speed in your squad, he's right there with the best skills. During his time in Italy, however, he appreciated mixed forms. 

Giovinco is a tiny, fast, technically skilled, and versatile player with renowned dribbling abilities, agility, stamina, and exceptional ball control. These features help him to defeat rivals, keep the ball up with his back to goal or in tight corners, and, in spite of his lack of solid physical characteristics, he can create space for his teammates.

While he is able to net goals, he is also talented at providing passes for his teammates, having good link-up play along with outstanding playmaking abilities, and regardless of being naturally right-footed, he can do anything with either foot. Giovinco is famous for his awareness, versatility, and his passing and attacking skills.

The player is widely praised as a free-kick expert in the media for his capabilities to curve the ball, along with his precision and ball distribution. Most of his goals emerged from dead-ball instances. He is also successful in converting penalty shots.

Giovinco, a flexible player, is able to play in many attacking roles, and he is typically used as a supportive striker in a free role, behind another main striker.

However, he is often interested in playing as a winger, on the sides, or as a dynamic AMF in a playmaking position in the center of the field.

Giovinco was sometimes deployed as the main striker, or sometimes as a false nine. Atomic Ant was voted as one of the world's 100 greatest soccer players in 2015.

 

7- Levi Porter

  • Name in home country

    : Levi Roger Porter

  • Date of birth

    : Apr 6, 1987

  • Place of birth

    : Leicester  England

  • Age

    : 33

  • Height

    : 1,60 m

  • Citizenship

    : England

  • Position

    : Forward - Left Winger

  • Foot

    : left

  • Current club

    : Retired

Levi Roger Porter is an English soccer player who most recently played for Melton Town. The 32-year-old is seventh on our ranking as one of the

smallest footballers ever

as he comes in at 1,60 m. Presently, Porter is without a team, having played for Melton Town in 2019. The Englishman plays as a winger. He started his career at

Leicester City

youth academy. Porter additionally played for the U-16 and U-17 teams in

England

.

6- Rui Gil Soares de Barros

  • Name in home country

    : Rui Gil Soares de Barros

  • Date of birth

    : Nov 24, 1965

  • Place of birth

    : Paredes  Portugal

  • Age

    : 54

  • Height

    : 1,59 m

  • Citizenship

    : Portugal

  • Position

    : Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

  • Foot

    : right

  • Current club

    : Retired

Rui Barros sits at No. 7 on our rundown, standing at 1.59 m as one of the

shortest football players of all time

. Barros used to be a deadly attacker for Portugal and went on to play for Porto, Juventus, and

Marseille

, amongst other clubs, in the late 80s, has now moved into management.

His stature was, for Barros, a condition he was born with, yet it wasn't a thing he had to struggle with. His style of playing, ability to hold the ball, and rapid change of speed meant that his height did not hinder him from enjoying a fruitful soccer career.

Netting 43 goals in 191 matches with Porto demonstrated that the world's shortest players had little trouble making a successful career. 

Barros was a versatile and hard-working footballer, an offensive player who was particularly famous for his pace, agility, and technical abilities, which helped him to thrive under coach Dino Zoff in Juventus' counter-attacking game plan. Positionally flexible, he was able to play in many attacking roles.

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5- Maximiliano Nicolas Moralez

  • Name in home country

    : Maximiliano Nicolas Moralez

  • Date of birth

    : Feb 27, 1987

  • Place of birth

    : Granadero Baigorria  Argentina

  • Age

    : 33

  • Height

    : 1,59 m

  • Citizenship

    : Argentina

  • Position

    : Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

  • Foot

    : right

  • Current club

    : New York City FC

Maximiliano Moralez is fifth on our ranking at 1.59 m as one of the shortest football players of all time. The Argentine footballer is now playing for

New York City FC

in Major League Soccer. However, don't let his height fool you. Moralez was a member of the FIFA WC U-20 2007 trophy-winning Argentina squad, featuring along with

Sergio Aguero

and Mauro Zarate.

His display in the competition prompted him to end up as the third-highest goalscorer and second-greatest player after Sergio Aguero. His nickname, Frasquito, which almost translates to little flask shows a lot more about him.

 

4- Madson Formagini Caridade

  • Full name

    : Madson Formagini Caridade

  • Date of birth

    : May 21, 1986

  • Place of birth

    : Volta Redonda  Brazil

  • Age

    : 34

  • Height

    : 1,57 m

  • Citizenship

    : Brazil

  • Position

    : Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

  • Foot

    : both

  • Current club

    : Centro Sportivo Alagoano

Madson Formagini Caridade stands at 1,57 m and is one of the shortest football players of all time. The Brazilian now is playing for Centro Sportivo Alagoano. 

At Santos, Madson Formagini Caridade was involved, along with fellow teammates Ze Eduardo and Felipe, in an argument with fans on a video call. Eventually, the 34-year-old attacking midfielder had to apologize for his involvement in the confrontation, in which one fan stated that goalkeeper Felipe had lettuce hands.

3- Benedict Vilakazi

  • Name in home country

    : Benedict Bongani Vilakazi

  • Date of birth

    : Aug 9, 1982

  • Place of birth

    : Soweto, Gauteng  South Africa

  • Age

    : 38

  • Height

    : 1,57 m

  • Citizenship

    : South Africa

  • Position

    : Midfielder - Central Midfield

  • Foot

    : right

  • Current club

    : Retired

Considering the

shortest players in soccer history

, our next competitor is Benedict Vilakazi, a retired South African footballer who last played as a midfielder for

Botswana Meat Commission

.

Little Napoleon also stands at 1.57 m and is regarded as one of the shortest football players of all time yet always made it up with a strong physical presence.

In 2006, the South African midfielder a sex scandal badly affected his reputation, yet he was eventually cleared of the charges.

 

2- Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari

  • Date of birth

    : Apr 16, 1988

  • Age

    : 32

  • Height

    : 1,55 m

  • Citizenship

    : Qatar

  • Position

    : Forward

  • Current club

    : Without Club

Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is the second-shortest player in our rundown. He had an impressive career. His stature did not deter him from having a significant profession. The Qatari midfielder stands at 155 cm. Rashed captained and won 51 caps with

Qatar national football team

. Jafal played along with his brother, Fahad Rashed Al-Kuwari, in the 1992 Summer Olympics for the Qatar U-23 team.

1- Elton Jose Gomes

  • Full name

    : Elton Jose Xavier Gomes

  • Date of birth

    : Apr 7, 1986

  • Place of birth

    : Palmeira dos Indios  Brazil

  • Age

    : 34

  • Height

    : 1,54 m

  • Citizenship

    : Brazil

  • Position

    : Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

  • Foot

    : left

  • Current club

    : Al-Hamriyah

The Brazilian midfielder Elton Jose, who is 154 cm and plays for Saudi side Al-Hamriyah, is the first on our rundown of the

shortest soccer players ever

. He made a name for himself as one of the greatest footballers in Steaua Bucarest. Elton is a versatile player who can play as a left midfielder or attacking midfielder. 

He's got a lot of assists under his belt and with an impressive football career clearly demonstrated that height doesn't really matter. 

 

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