Football is most of the time defined in terms of height, stature, and physique. There are some footballers who have challenged these notions. They have made it despite their challenging statures. This has made the beautiful game even more interesting. A good example is a French midfielder, Mathieu Valbuena.
An ideal footballer needs to be of medium build. This is known to be an important quality to enjoy a successful career. The same will be said about tall footballers like Peter Crouch of England. He might be too tall but he has the talent. Many people with normal height might not have achieved the same.
Take a look at six footballers below who have challenged the norm to succeed in the World most popular sport;
Let us take a look at six footballers who have defied height issues to make it to the very top;
6. Mathieu Valbuena- 1.67 m
‘The Small Bike’ is the nickname of French attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena. He is a menace when it comes to making things happen in the middle of the pitch. The experienced midfielder can pass, shield the ball, take on defenders, score goals and above all he has great football brains.
The French international currently plays for Fenerbahçe. He has also represented rivals Marseille and Russians side Dynamo Moscow. He has 52 appearances for France, scoring 8 times and assisting 16 goals on the way.
5. Rui Gil Soares de Barros- 1.6 m
Rui Gil Soares de Barros maybe down to earth but he had a massive football career. He played for Porto, Juventus, and Marseille among others a testament that he was a special talent. He could score, assist and also master the middle of the pitch like a King. He also played for Portuguese national team.
4. Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari – 1.55 m
Qatar former skipper Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari played his final game in 2009 for Al-Sadd and was actually lucky to face the mighty AC Milan on the day. He is a celebrated star in the Middle East Country.
3. Marcin Garuch – 1.55 m
The skillful Polish midfielder plays for Miedz Legnica club in Poland. He might not be on the same level with the likes of Robert Lewandowski but Marcin is a master in dead balls, an area that the Bayern Munich forward can only dream about.
2. Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios- 1.54 m
Daniel Alberto plays for Argentina giants River Plate as a striker. The short man is certainly not short of goals. At the age of 21, you can expect him to break the glass ceiling and join Europe biggest clubs.
1. Élton José Xavier Gomes- 1.54 m
It is easy to tell from the Jersey that Elton Jose is from the home of football Brazil. He plays as an attacking midfielder for Saudi Arabia club Al-Fateh. It takes a lot of determination and self-belief for you to convince yourself with such a disadvantageous height that you can actually make a career in soccer. Elton is certainly an inspiration to many.