Being a good athlete is one of the prerequisites to becoming a great footballer. However, being physically eligible to succeed in football does not correspond to being tall. Although most footballers today are fairly tall, it is far from a necessity.
Plenty of 'short' footballers have proved to be world class players. In fact, it is scientifically proven that shorter height gives offensive footballers an advantage.
With short height, comes a lower-than-usual centre of gravity, which results in the player having better balance. Consequently, it helps in better ball control and movement - the reason why most short players are terrific dribblers of the ball.
For example, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez are all under 5'6'', and simultaneously terrific dribblers of the football. However, we shall be looking at players even shorter than the ones mentioned.
Also, we'll be sticking to only those footballers that are currently active. So, despite standing at only 5'4", Diego Maradona misses out. Finally, this list only involves well-known and established players, so apologies to the likes of Alejandro Chumacero.
The statistics used have been borrowed from WhoScored.
#5 Aaron Lennon (5 feet 5 inches)
Games : 29
Goals : 0
Assists : 2
Shots per Game : 0.5
Man of the Match Awards : 0
The fifth spot could belong to a lot of people if we're being honest. While Santiago Cazorla is just a couple of centimetres taller, fellow Englishman Nathan Dyer hasn't quite reached the same heights as Aaron Lennon has. As a result, the former Tottenham man slots into the fifth position and kickstarts our list.
Lennon is well short of the players he competes with - as the picture above with Danny Welbeck depicts. To make up for that lost physical battle, Lennon had trained himself to be one of the fastest wingers in the world in his prime.
Truth be told, he is still extremely fast and can be any fullback's nightmare. Lennon was destined for greatness, but his inconsistency hurt his chances big time. At 31, he has little hope of resurrecting his career. His 21st, and final, England appearance came way back in 2013.