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See the ten shortest footballers in history

In this article, I would give you more insights on various short players that are good in their respective teams.

1. Diego Maradona 5 ft 6

Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine football manager and retired professional footballer. He is currently the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. 

Despite his height, he is one of the greatest players in history.

El Live de Oro was a crazy dribbler capable of wonders. His extra-ordinary 1986 World cup really stands out.

2. Marco Verratti 5 ft 5

Marco Verratti is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Italy national team.

A quick, creative, agile, and technically gifted central midfield playmaker, with notable dribbling skills, quick reactions, and close ball control, Verratti is known for his confidence on the ball and ability to retain possession in tight spaces when under pressure, due to his low centre of gravity and resulting balance.

His excellent vision and range of passing enable him to create chances for teammates with accurate long passes, or control the tempo of his team's play in midfield through precise, short exchanges.

The Parisian midfielder is nonetheless a very tough player. With PSG, he has already won 7 title with the French champions.

Verratti is often compared to the Italian star Andrea Pirlo.

3. Ludovic Giuly 5 ft 5

Ludovic Vincent Giuly is a French former professional footballer who played as a winger. He represented France at international level, gaining 17 caps over a five-year period and was a member of their 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup-winning squad. 

The small French striker had an incredible career. After the 2004 champions league final is signed for Barcelona.

4. Lorenzo Insigne 5 ft 4

Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Napoli, for which he is captain, and the Italy national team. 

Insigne is a fast, talented, skilful and diminutive right footed winger, with an eye for goal, who is usually deployed on the left in a 4-3-3 or in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which allows him to cut inside and curl shots on goal with his stronger foot.

Although his preferred role is on the left flank, he is a hard-working, tactically intelligent, and versatile forward, capable of playing in any offensive position on either side of the pitch, or even through the centre; he is also known for his defensive contribution and ability to cover a lot of ground during matches, in addition to his offensive capabilities, despite his lack of physicality.

He has often operated in deeper, more creative positions, either in a free role in the centre as an attacking midfield playmaker behind the strikers, or as a supporting forward, due to his passing ability and vision, which enable him to link-up with midfielders, create chances, and provide assists for teammates.

The 29 year-old, one-of-a-kind Italian is Napoli's captain. Lorenzo II Magnifico makes up for his small height with great technique. Insigne has a flashy game which the lights football fans.

5. Alain Giresse 5 ft 4

Alain Jean Giresse is a French football coach and former player who played as a midfielder. He was French footballer of the year in 1982, 1983 and 1987. Nominally an attacking midfielder or central midfielder, Giresse was an intelligent playmaker who possessed fine agility and acceleration due to his short frame.

Giresse is a legend of the French team. He formed the famous magic square with Platini, Tigani and Fernandez at the World cup, this generation finished fourth in 1982 and third in 1986.

6. Frederic Sammaritano 5 ft 4

Frédéric Sammaritano is a French professional footballer who plays for Dijon FCO. 

Born in Vannes, Sammaritano spent three seasons at local club Vannes. In his last campaign with the club, he converted three goals and added seven assists. His good performances in Ligue 2 lead many to be interested in securing his signature. Sammaritano joined Auxerre, who finished in third spot during the 2009/10 Ligue 1 season, thus qualifying for UEFA Champions League football.

In the 2010/11 Champions League, he scored against Ajax in a 2–1 victory for Auxerre.

Sammaritano, however, found life in Burgundy difficult, starting just ten Ligue 1 fixtures, adding only one league goal and three assists.

The Dijon striker is the smallest player in the Ligue 1. His small stature allows him to sneak around defences.

7. Christian Bermudez 5 ft 3

Christian de Jesús Bermúdez Gutiérrez (born 26 April 1987 in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl), commonly known as "El Hobbit", is a Mexican footballer who plays as a midfielder for Cafetaleros de Tapachula on loan from Chiapas F.C. of the Liga MX.

The Mexican is a recognised midfielder. Despite his height, he succeeded in imposing himself for Mexico.

8. Maximiliano N. Morales 5 ft 3

The small Argentine plays as number 10 for New York City FC. He even has one cap for Argentina's national team.

9. Daniel Villalva 5 ft 2

Daniel Alberto "Keko" Villalva Barrios is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Brazilian side Goiás. In 2009, he became the youngest player ever to play for River Plate.

The offensive midfielder has been all over Argentina. The 28-year old signed for Goias in Brazil this summer.

10. Joao Plata 5 ft 2

Joao Jimmy Plata Cotera is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Toluca in Liga MX as a forward.

The Ecuadorian is the smallest player in MLS history. He is a very fast and agile striker with great technique.

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