Football is a game of Skill and Talent where Height and Size do not matter. In fact, despite their short height, many star footballers proved it with their performances that You do not need a big height and large size to score goals. It only requires a set of great technical skills to score the winning goal for your team.
From Elton Jose Xavier Gomes to Alexis Sanches, many star footballers make it to our list of the Shortest Football Players in the world.
Despite their short height, these footballers earned their fame for their creative goal-scoring skills and their quick playing style. They proved that size does not matter if you have what it takes to be a great footballer. Here is the list of Top 10 Shortest Football Players in the world who were as effective footballer as their taller counterparts.
1. Élton José Xavier Gomes – (5 feet 0.63 inches)
Brazilian Footballer Elton Jose Xavier Gomes takes the top spot on our list with a height of only 5 feet and 0.63 inches. The shortest footballer on the planet plays as an attacking midfielder for Saudi Arabian Football Club Al-Hamriyah.
At the age of 21, he was signed by the Romanian football club Steaua București. He was also loved by Al Nasr fans during his time with the club for his quick pace and dribbling.
He played for AL Nasr in 25 games and scored 11 which helped his club to win their first title in history. Since his debut in professional football, he has played for Corinthians, Sao Caetano, Al Nasr, Al Fateh, Al Wehda, and Al-Hamriyah during his career.
Despite, he short height his has scored often for his team and now he claims the top spot on our list of Shortest Footballers in the world.
2. Daniel Alberto – (5 feet 0.63 inches)
Aregetenian Footballer Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios has a height of 5 Geet 0.63 Inches. Therefore, he earns the second spot on our list of shortest footballers. He plays as a midfielder for Brazilian Football Club Gois. Barrios became the youngest player to play ever for River Plate in 2009.
During FIFA Under-17 World Cup, he scored 3 goals in 5 appearances for Argentina. Despite his shortest, he has always countered the tall opponents with his excellent soccer skills. Now, he deserves his place on our list of shortest football players in the world.
3. Marcin Garuch – (5 feet 1 inch)
Next, we have a Polish Footballer named Marcin Gaurch taking up the third spot on our list. With a height of 5 Feet 1 Inch, he is one of the shortest football players in the world. He plays a midfielder for Miedź Legnica in the Polish Leagues. As of now, he is the shortest Professional Footballer in Europe.
Despite his small size, Marcin is well known for his excellent Soccer Skills and dead-ball situations. He also passes the ball to the forward so quickly. Though he has a short height as compared to other footballers, that did not stop him from giving tough times to his counterparts. He is a talented footballer who makes it on our list of shortest football players in the world.
4. Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari – (5 feet 1 inch)
Qatari Football Player Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is also among the shortest football players in the world. He keeps the height of 5 feet 1 inch. He played as a midfielder for Al Sadd and Qatar before his retirement in 2009.
After retirement, he became the Team Manager and Spokesperson for Al Sadd in 2009. During his career, he was an excellent player who captained Qatar National Team.
Despite his shorter height, he was one of the promising football players during his active career. Now, he joins our list of Shortest Footballers in the World.
5. Rui Gil Soares de Barros – (5 feet 2 inches)
Portuguese Former Professional footballer Rui Gil De Barros also makes it on our list. He has a height of 5 feet 2 and he played as an attacking midfielder for Porto and Portugal.
Apart from it, he also represented Varzim, Juventus, and Monaco in ’80s and ’90s. Rui was a dynamic and hard-working team player during his days, who excelled as an attacking midfielder.
Known for his Technical ability, stamina, and speed, he was one of the shortest players who counter-attacked the opposite teams. Despite his shorter size, he was one of the great Portuguese footballers. Now, he earns his name on our list of shortest football players in the world.
6. Maximiliano Moralez – (5 feet 2 inches)
Next, we have an Argentinian professional Footballer named Maximiliano Moralez making up the 6th spot on our list. He is one of the shortest footballers in the world with a height of 5 feet 2 inches.
He plays as an attacking midfielder for New York City FC in the Major Soccer League. Maximiliano Moralez is nicknamed frasquito for his short height which means little flask in English.
He received a Silver ball and Bronze show in FIFA U-20 World Cup. Not only this, but he also helped his club Vélez Sársfield become the Argentine Champion. All his achievements explain that, despite his short size, Maximiliano Moralez is a star footballer. Now, he earns his place on our list of shortest footballers in the world.
7. Levi Porter – (5 feet 3 inches)
English Professional Footballer Levi Porter claims the 7th spot on our list. With a height of 5 feet 3 inches, he is also among the shortest footballers in the world. He plays as a winger for Melton Town F.C, however, he also played for Leicester in the early years of his career.
Porter began his professional football career with a one-year contract with Leicester in 2006. He put up some of the match-winning performances for the club in the FA Cup. Despite his shorter size, he was as lethal as a winger as his taller counterparts. With his excellent performance, he proved to the world that size does not matter as long as you have marvelous soccer skills.
Not only this, but he also played for England’s U-16 and U-17 Football teams. Now, he earns his place on our list of shortest Football Players in the World.
8. Madson Formagini – (5 feet 3 inches)
Next, we have a Brazilian footballer named Madson Formagini Caridade making up the 8th spot on our countdown. With a size of 5 Feet 3 Inches, he is known as one of the shortest football players in the world. Madson plays an attacking midfielder for São Caetano.
He started his football career by playing for his local football clubs. He was stated as one of the extremely skilled and fast attacking midfielders by his coach Renato Gaucho. In 2018, he returned to Brazil after inconsistent appearances with many Brazilian football clubs. He recently joined Fortaleza which takes part in Serie A Competitions.
Nevertheless, Madson Formagini Caridade is one of the shortest Footballers to be on our list.
9. Joe Allen – (5 feet 6 inches)
Welsh Professional Football Player Joe Allen also puts together on our list. He has a height of 5 feet 6 inches and he currently plays as a midfielder for Stoke City and Wales. Born on 14 March 1990 in Narberth, Wales, Joe Allen is one of the shortest football players at the age of 30.
He began his professional football career with Swansea City in 2006. However, he became part of Liverpool for a contract worth £15 million. Later his was transferred to Stoke City for £13 million. His notable signing contracts showcase that, despite a shorter size Joe is a worthy footballer with stunning soccer skills. He helped his team to many victories with his creative and offensive skills.
Now, he enters his name on our list of shortest footballers in the world in 2023.
10. Alexis Sanchez – (5 feet 6-1/2 inches)
Finally, Chilean Professional Alexis Sanchez makes the last spot on our countdown. With a height of 5 feet and 6-1/2 inches, he is definitely one of the shortest footballers in the world. Nowadays, Sanches plays for Inter Milan and Chilean National Football Team as a Forward.
Considered as one of the best players of his generation and greatest Chilean Players of all time, Alexis Sanchez also makes on our list with his shorter size.
Alexis Sanchez is all time Chilean Top Scorer and All-time Chilea Appearances holder. He received the Player of the Month Award in October 2015 and he became FSF Player of the Year in 2015. His monumental performances won many titles for his clubs and he is known for his quick, Intelligent, and creative playing style.
One of the richest footballers in the world, Alexis Sanchez also earns his name on our list with his short size.
So here is our list. Which footballer should be on our list? Let us know in the comment box.