Short players XI: The best from across Europe
Mathieu Valbuena is literally dwarfed by Marouane Fellaini and Vincent KompanyFootball is, by all means, a physical game. Even if it doesn’t always require brute force or a Goliath-like figure, a little extra height doesn’t always hurt. But there have often been a lot of footballers who have rubbished off claims that shortness does not sell in the sport.In fact, short players boast a low centre of gravity which is an aiding factor in their game. They prove to be better movers of the ball and are quicker off the blocks. These players have succeeded in converting their so-called physical weakness into an advantage which has stood them in good stead with respect to the nuances of the beautiful game.Here is a list of eleven such players who have outshone their contemporaries from across European professional leagues.None of the outfield players are taller than 5 feet 9 inches. Formation: 3-5-2.
#1 Goalkeeper: Beto - 5\'11\"
Probably the most underrated player in this list, Antonio Alberto Bastos Pimparel alias Beto is one of the rare breed of short goalkeepers in the professional circuit. Formerly of Sevilla in the Spanish La Liga, Beto is a very experienced campaigner when it comes to goalkeeping and now plays for Sporting CP.
He makes up for what he lacks in height with his outstanding reflexes. Beto had been instrumental in Sevilla when they were crowned champions in the last three editions of the UEFA Europa League.
With his brilliant and consistent shot stopping displays, the Portuguese had impressed even his harshest critics. Beto is renowned for his ability to save spot kicks in crunch situations. For a comparatively short keeper, he has a brilliant leap towards either side.