In football there are hundreds of myths from the beginning, one of them is that the short They cannot play because they are easily knocked down by the destroying towers. But, if we go to the archive and to the present time, we see that it is not like that, that those who take good care of the ball can always shine.
We bring you 10 short footballers who break-break it with the ball at their feet …
With a 1.60 meters tall, Soteldo appeared in all the covers of the newspapers after a great performance, when he played for Santos FC, against Boca Juniors for Copa Libertadores. Today, he works for Toronto FC and trades 8M euros. Charming like few others and one of the best players in recent times in Venezuela.
The fast forward remembered for his time at Manchester City and the England National Team had no barriers to grow professionally despite measuring 1.65 meters. With his speed, he excelled in the big leagues. Did I just love playing with Wright-Phillips in PES?
For Insigne, height was not only a matter to cover with other talents but also one of the main barriers on her path to being a professional. In its beginnings, it was tried in several clubs -among others, Napoli- and was marginalized for measuring 1.63 meters. Today, luckily, he has been in the Neapolitan institution for more than 10 consecutive years and one of the leaders of the Italian National Team.
Little Valbuena, from 1.67 meters, he shone at Olympique de Marseille with Pierre Gignac as senior partner. The No. 9 fought against the centrals and he entangled them with his dribbles. It was international in France.
He appeared in 2006 at the Monumental Stadium to make his debut with the River Plate shirt and, already with Daniel Passarella as DT, later he shone with it and jumped directly to Europe. Half 1.60 meters… and that?
He ranked among the best midfielders in Serie A in the 2020/21 season and then went, due to problems with the coach, to Sevilla. Despite measuring 1.64 meters, did not shrink to Gasperini. Baila Papu, a replacement of the hierarchy for the new generation of the Argentine National Team.
With 1.62 meters of the height, he stood out – in addition to dribbling – for his hit on the stopped ball. Unfortunately, in European football they did not give him the confidence that he did in Toronto of the MLS, where he scored 83 goals and delivered 53 assists in 142 PJ. They labeled it, in its beginnings, as the New Del Piero.
Regardless of your short stature – measure 1.65 meters-, Verratti is one of the few defensive footballers of Paris Saint-Germain, therefore, he is in charge of aborting all kinds of rival attacks. Also, play well: do not miss a pass.
He integrated a more fearsome forwards in Vélez Sarsfield with Santiago Silva and Burrito Martínez. Skillful and sharp. 1.60 metersA few years ago, you didn’t stop him even with a big-headed kick (Ruggeri).
The paddock forged hundreds of mischiefs to cope with the powerful big men who sought to destroy his works. Pelusa, Diego or Maradona, with 1.65 meters tall, delivered ballet steps that we will hardly ever see again. Gave joys.