Top 10 Shortest Football Players in the World - 2021 Updated Ranking

March 20, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Shortest Football Players in the World - 2021 Updated Ranking

In fact, it has now got the history and traditions of the shortest football players who've proved their technical abilities in the game. So that leaves us with accepting the fact that height and strong built does not matter. All that counts is the technical skills a footballer possesses. And some of the shortest football players proved it absolutely right through their immense success in competitive soccer matches.

Shortest Football Players in the World 2021

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. And in this article, we'll let you know about the top 10 shortest soccer players in the world who, with their not much height, have proved themselves as among the best footballers in the world. So here's a glimpse of these players, with no fear and no hesitation of playing the game. Take a look and enjoy browsing!

10. Alexis Sanchez (5 feet 6-1/2 inches)

Alexis Sanchez or simply Alexis is a Chilean professional footballer. With a height of 1.69 m, Alexis is rocking his life at age 30. Born in 1988, this Chilean footballer who plays for one of the richest soccer clubs Manchester United is amazing at what he does and is a successful footballer as of now.

He joined the Spanish giants Barcelona in 2011 and became the shortest soccer player in La Liga. According to research and analysis in 2021, this player has a salary of more than 12.5 million USD, which tells you more than one needs to know. And, that also helped him to secure his place among the highest-paid football players in the world right now.

9. Joe Allen (5 feet 6 inches)

Right now aged 30…this young professional player on this list has a height of 1.68 m only. This roughly means that the player is 5 ft. and a little more than 5 inches tall. Born in the year 1990, he is from Carmarthen, UK, and has been playing football professionally since he was 16 years old. Despite being among the shortest football players, he is an amazing midfielder for Premier League club Stoke City.

He earned praises all over the globe for his spectacular performance for one of the English Premier League champions Liverpool. As a fun fact for the gaming addicts, Allen currently holds the position of the shortest soccer player in FIFA 21.

8. Madson Formagini Caridade (5 feet 3 inches)

If there's a list of the short Height footballers who have made their names with their prodigious skill, Madson Formagini will be a sure shot to make it to the list. Born in 1986 at the football-crazy Rio, Madson was a football prodigy in making even as he started his career participating in the ranks of the local youth clubs.

With prestigious names like the Vasco da Gama club where he was a popular face in spite of his inconsistencies, he has a career to boast about. The talented Brazilian currently plays for the Brazilian club Fortaleza FC.

7. Levi Porter (5 feet 3 inches)


Levi Roger Porter, the 31-year-old Briton has shown with a rigorous claim that size indeed doesn't matter. With his 5 ft 3 inches modest height, this guy towers above many with his sheer magnificent skills. This is why Levi Porter deserves this position on this list of the top 10 shortest football players in 2021. He began his career on a high note with a one-year extension contract with Leicester City.

He earned acknowledgments while playing for the Foxes as the shortest soccer player in Premier League. Being a product of the Leicester City youth system, he had a lot to offer. With a few more teams showing interest in his worthwhile career, Levi finally joined the Shepshed Dynamo back in December 2014 and has been quite a dependable part of the squad ever since.

6. Maximiliano Moralez (5 feet 2 inches)

Maximiliano Moraleznicknamed "Maxi", is an Argentine Professional Footballer. This attacking midfielder for Major League Soccer club New York City FC has a height of 1.6 m. He is definitely shorter than most footballers, but ‘Frasquito’ is loved by everyone.

He started his career in 2003. His efficiency and skills are more than his height suggests. And the star of MLS certainly earned his place among the shortest football players in 2021.

5. Rui Gil Soares de Barros (5 feet 2 inches)

This 1.6 m (5 feet 3 inches) Portugal player who has now moved into management used to be a highly dangerous attacking midfielder. Barros has represented Porto, Juventus, and Marseille among other clubs in the late '80s and '90s. With his small height, he has made a name in the world of soccer. His skilled techniques at the game, his exceedingly well-playing style, and his ability to keep the ball away from the opponents were proof of him having a successful career in football.

He had scored 43 goals in 191 games which is another proof of him being a great footballer, irrespective of his short stature. All in all, with his proven abilities, he exhibits a promising career in football.

4. Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari (5 feet 1 inch)


Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is a 1.55 m (5 feet 1 inch) tall footballer and one of the shortest football players of all-time. He has played as a midfielder for Qatari side Al-Sadd and 2009 was the year of his retirement. Rashed played his farewell match against AC Milan and throughout his career, he has been a promising player for football.

He has remained the captain of the Qatari national team and, also, played beach football for it. Despite his small height, he has proved himself as one of the greatest soccer players the world has ever produced.

3. Marcin Garuch (5 feet 1 inch)

Marcin Garuch is a 1.55 m (5 feet 1 inch) tall footballer who is a Polish national. He plays for the GKS Belchatów club in the Polish League II and is known for his marvelous skills in dead ball situations. With his small size, he moves the ball quickly up to the forwards.

Garuch with his small stature plays great football and his technical skill at the game is solid proof of his abilities. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented and shortest football players in the world right now.

2. Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios (5 feet 0.63 inches)

Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios is 1.54 m (5 feet 0.63 inches) tall and is at no. 2 on our list of the top 10 shortest soccer players. He is from Argentina and is a striker for the Mexican club Querétaro. Villalva is the shortest player on the team and was also the youngest player to play for River Plate.

He is 21 years old and has also played for Argentina in the 2009 U-17 World Cup. Despite his small body he has been able to come up as a competent footballer the team could ever have. He is definitely the youngest and the shortest soccer player in 2021.

1. Élton José Xavier Gomes (5 feet 0.63 inches)

Élton José Xavier Gomes is a 1.54 m (5 feet 0.63 inches) tall, Brazilian footballer. This shortest footballer on the planet is an attacking midfielder for Saudi club Al-Qadsiah FC and is the one who was signed by the Romanian side Bucuresti in 2007. He shows uniqueness in football techniques and has his trademark afro style.

This small stature footballer attacked 11 goals for his former side Al-Fateh FC resulting in victory at the league for the first time. Besides being the shortest soccer player ever, he achieved some amazing success during his career.

So, these were the shortest football players in the world in 2021. Let us know what do you think of our list in the comments down below.

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  1. David
    David May 12, 2019 15:23

    You missed Lionel Messi

    1. Anonymous
      Anonymous August 11, 2019 10:15

      Yeah I would like to no how tall Messi is

    2. Sacky
      Sacky October 19, 2020 00:57

      Messi is five feet seven inches , not short at all

  2. Kuss
    Kuss June 7, 2019 07:49

    You missed insigne and veratti

  3. John
    John July 27, 2019 21:23

    Those three are not really short compared to Christian Lara, Antonio Naelson or Ludovic Giuly.

  4. Abdul Razak
    Abdul Razak August 13, 2019 03:06

    you missed shakiri

  5. Yeet
    Yeet August 24, 2019 07:57

    You missed verratti givinvco and shaqiri

  6. Bigz
    Bigz September 8, 2019 08:00

    Messi is too short

  7. Ricofrederick
    Ricofrederick November 2, 2019 12:22

    You missed ngolo kante

  8. Khusar
    khusar December 3, 2019 07:33

    you missed valbuena

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 11, 2019 19:05

      He has almost the same highest as Sanchez. And for that, we included Sanchez.
      But, thanks for the suggestion. Keep visiting.

  9. Mopa
    Mopa March 22, 2020 13:48

    Yeferson Soteldo from Santos FC (5 - 2')

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das March 22, 2020 17:40

      Thanks for drawing our attention mate. We will soon include him on this list.

  10. Rubinov
    Rubinov April 21, 2020 10:12

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Many thanks.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 21, 2020 17:53

      Thanks for the appreciation dude. Keep visiting our sports blog!

  11. Jeff
    jeff June 23, 2020 02:51

    what about Greizmann

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 23, 2020 17:51

      No, Griezmann is 5 feet 9 and a half.
      And, thanks for visiting our blog. Keep visiting our sports blog!

  12. Derick
    Derick July 5, 2020 21:37

    You missed ageuro ,dybala,Sergio Ramos and juna mata

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das July 6, 2020 15:52

      No, they are not as short as you think. Ramos is 6 feet, Dybala 5 feet 10 inches.

  13. Bill
    Bill July 21, 2020 08:11

    Daniel podence for Wolverhampton Wanderers

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das July 21, 2020 18:09

      Thanks for your suggestion mate. We will definitely keep that in mind during our next update.
      And, keep visiting our sports blog!

    FAHAD ABDULLAHI January 4, 2021 03:30


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