At present, the days of pumping the long ball forward in order to reach the big man up front seem to be on the wane. This is largely in part down to the recent emergence of teams such as Barcelona who introduced their effective tiki-taka system. Involving a number of different players who are on the shorter side, players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi have flourished. Intricate passing goes hand in hand with detailed triangles to perplex the opposition. Who ever thought that size does really matter? It just goes to show that shorter players have the ability to bamboozle not to mention unlock the tightest of defences.
Over the last six years, Barcelona has shown to the footballing world that a team does not necessarily need athletic Amazonian type individuals. In recent years, they have won the UEFA Champions League on two separate occasions. The first of these took place in Rome back in 2009 when they faced Manchester United. Thanks to goals from Samuel Eto’o and Argentinian maestro Lionel Messi, the Catalan club demonstrated their exquisite talent.
They followed this victory up with one of the most one sided finals in recent memory. In 2011, the stage was set once again at Wembley Stadium for Barcelona as they came up against the Red Devils. A 3-1 victory was the tip of the soccer iceberg as the Spanish side swept away the 13 time Premier League winner. Thanks to their wealth of diminutive players in the side, even Sir Alex Ferguson gave credit where it was due to Guardiola’s all-star eleven.
As the game continues to evolve across the globe, the long and short of it is that good things certainly come in small packages. Here is the rundown of the 10 shortest footballers in the game today.
10. Marcin Garuch
At a little over five feet tall, Marcin Garuch is arguably one of the smallest players on the planet. Yet his tiny figure does not detract from his excellent ball skills which are coupled with his dead ball play. The Polish player has been plying his trade for many years in his native land and plays for Miedz Legnic. He has played a host of times in the official Polish football league and still has a lot to give to the game. In spite of the fact that he is only in his mid-20s, Garuch is a mini dynamo in every sense of the word.
9. Maximiliano Moralez
This minuscule forward has literally had to catapult himself into the top 10 list. Known as the little flask or frasquito, Maximiliano Moralez is a teeny tiny striker who is less than five feet and four inches tall. The Argentine front man has had to cope with a number of different taller defences in his time but this has not stopped him appearing for several clubs. This includes the likes of Spartak Moscow in Russia as well as Atlanta. He can also play as an attacking midfielder and is considered to be one of the smallest players to have ever turned out in Serie A.
8. Daniel Villalva Barrios
A popular player who has already represented his country at Under 17 level, Daniel Villalva is in a league of his own. The Argentine player currently plays his football in his homeland for River Plate. Measuring just over five feet tall, the forward can run both channels and makes excellent runs behind the back line. Born in 1992, he was the youngest ever player to appear for River Plate which he achieved back in 2009. At the time, Barrios was less than 17 years of age but has featured several times for the Argentinean outfit. In the summer of 2014, Barrios moved on to Veracruz who play in the Liga MX.
7. Levi Porter
An Englishman born and bred, Levi Porter is certainly not carrying the weight on his footballing shoulders. The miniscule player comes in at only five feet and three inches tall. Despite his small stature, Porter more than makes up for it thanks to his intricate wing play for Shepshed Dynamo. The Midland Football League may be a long way away from the big lights of the Premier League but Porter has still made an impression due to his small figure. Making his profession in the lower leagues, Porter is not giving up the ghost just yet. He has some impressive experience behind him which includes being a former youth member of the Leicester City academy. In addition to this, Porter has even played for England at Under 16 not mention Under 17 levels.
6. Madson Formagini
Born in Brazil has its bonuses in the soccer sphere, especially for close ball control and all those endless beach tennis games. Take for example the case of Brazilian player Madson Formagini. At just 5 feet and 3 inches tall, his small figure has not stopped him from playing for several clubs. This features Vasco da Gama and Santos in his native land. Formagini then made the move to the Middle East in order to play for Al Khor who are based in Qatar.