Top 10 Shortest footballers in the world.

Shortest footballers in the world.


Recently, I made an article where I compiled the top 10 list of tallest football players in the world. In this article you will see the top 10 list of shortest football players in the world of football.  In my first article on tallest footballer in the world where Kristof Van Hout was the tallest footballer in the world and as well as the tallest goal keeper in the world.

We have in the game of football, players with extremely tall height and also players with extremely short height. But in this blog post I would be listing out the top 10 shortest football players in the world.

Footballers with extremely short height have proven to us their technical abilities and good footballing skills and patterns. Though tall football players have some advantages but being tall and agile does not matter. 

Short football players have great advantages, infact some of the shortest football players proved it that being a good footballer does not depend on your height but it depends basically on the technical skills you posses and how you manage it.


Here's the list of the Top 10 shortest footballers ok the world. Sit back and enjoy surfing.

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List of Top 10 shortest footballers in the world.

10. Alexis Sanchez [5ft 6.5in (1.69)] 


Alexis Sanchez born in 1988 Is a Chilean footballer. Infact a professional footballer from Chile. As at the time of writing this article (2022) Alexis Sanchez is already into his 30s.

He plays for Inter Milan currently. He once posses the Manchester United's number 7 Jersey before he left for Inter Milan. He's a professional footballer known for his amazing skills and qualities.

When he joined Barcelona in 2011 he became the shortest football in La liga. He's one of the most respected footballer in the world considering his salary and the football clubs he's played for. With a height of 1.69m Alexis Sanchez, in the list, ranks as the 10th shortest footballer in the world.


9. Joe Allen [5ft 6in (1.68m)]


Joe Allen was born in the year 1990, he is from Carmathen in UK. He's an amazing player with good quality. Being into his professional football career since age 16, he's one of the amaizing midfielder for English football club: Stoke City. 

He's currently into his 30s. He was recognized globally and was praised for his performance for Liverpool. He's the shortest soccer player in FIFA 21. With a height of 1.68 Joe Allen is the 9th shortest footballer in the world.

8. Madson Formagini Caridade [5ft 3in]


Madson was born in 1986. He was a football prodigy (in making) even as he begin his football career participating in the rank of the (Local youth clubs).

If there should be a list of short footballer who made name with their prodigious skill, Madson Formagini would surely have his place in the list. Despite of his inconsistencies, he really has a career to be proud about. 

He currently plays for the Brazilian team (club) Fortaleza FC. With a height of 5ft 3 inches he is the 8th shortest footballer on the list. 

7. Levi Porter [5ft 3in]

Levi Porter full named Levi Roger Porter, Also into his 30s, has proven also that size indeed doesn't matter in football. He's a Briton. In spite his height, he's above many with his magnificent skills. He deserves a place in the top 10 list of shortest footballers in the world.

He started his career on a high note, he earned popularity when he was playing for Leicester city as the shortest footballer in the Premier league. He had a lot of offer because he was a product of Leicester city Academy (Youth system). 

He eventually joined Shepshed Dynamo in December 2014 he's been absolutely an important part of the Squad.

6. Maximiliano Moralez [5ft 2in (1.6m)]

Maximiliano Moralez was nicknamed Maxi. He's an Argentine footballer and he plays as an attacking midfielder. He has a height of 5 feet 2 inches. He's really shorter than most footballers. 

He started his career in 2003, he plays at MLS and his skill are way more than his height.

5. Rui Gil Soares de Barros [5ft 2in (1.6m)]

Rui Gil Soares de Barros is a Portuguese. He was an attacking midfielder for Portugal. He represented clubs like, Juventus, Porto, Marseille and others in the late 80s and 90s

He had a promising career, scoring 43 goals in 191 games for Porto, it is obvious that he had no problem performing on the field despite his height.

4. Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari [5ft 1in (1.55m)] 


Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is 5 feet 8 inches tall and he's one of the shortest footballer of all time. He was a midfielder for Qatari side. He retired in the year 2009 with his farewell match being against Ac Milan. 

He was exceptional throughout his career playing good football. He remained the captain of the Qatari (National team). He also played beach football. Despite his small height, he proved himself as one of the greatest footballer produced in the world.

3. Marcin Garuch [5ft 1in (1.55m)]

Marcin Garuch is a Polish player. He plays for one GKS Belchatów club in the (Polish league II). He's famous for his amazing skills. Even with his small stature, he delivers the ball quickly to the forwards.

With his technical skills he's one of the most talented, shortest footballer in the world.

2. Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios [5ft 0.63in (1.54m)

The number two shortest footballer is Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios. He's 5 feet 0.63 inches tall. He hails from Argentina and plays as a striker for Querétaro (Mexican club).

He's the shortest player in the team. He's into his 20s and he featured for Argentina in the 2009 (under-17) World Cup. With his small size he was able to attain competency. 

He's probably the youngest, shortest footballer in year 2022.

1. Élton José Xavier Gomes [5ft 0.63in (1.54m)]


This guy is the shortest footballer on the plannet. Gomes is a Brazilian footballer and he plays as an attacking midfielder for Al-Qadsiah FC a Saudi club.

He was the one signed by Bucuresti in 2007. He was unique and exceptional in his football techniques and even earned himself a trademark “afro style”

He had attacked up to 11 goals for his ex club Al Fatch FC which lead to victory in the 'league' for the "first time”. He eventually earned the fans favorite due to his pattern.

Let's us know your point of view regarding the list, feel free to drop your comments in the comment box below.


Related Questions about the shortest footballers.

Who is the shortest footballer in the world?

Élton José Xavier Gomes (Brazilian) is the shortest footballer in the world with a height of 5ft 0.63in (1.54m). He plays as a midfielder and he had up to 11 goals to his name.

Are short footballers the best?

It is scientifically proven that short height gives an attacking player an advantage, because they are closer to the ground which makes their centre of gravity also to become lowered.

This in return give this player a better balancing.

Who is the shortest footballer in FIFA?

The shortest footballer in FIFA 22 is Nahuel Barrios. He plays as a left midfielder.

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