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Mathieu Valbuena Is Still Short, as Images from France vs. Honduras Show

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Mathieu Valbuena of France is substituted by Olivier Giroud during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 16, 2014

France's Mathieu Valbuena, according to UEFA, stands 1.67m tall (that's around 5'6"). He is, by football standards, quite short. 

But while the likes of Lionel Messi are just a couple of centimetres taller, Valbuena has an unfortunate knack of looking shorter than everyone else.

Mind-blowing photo of Mathieu Valbuena (France) against Belgium, 2013

— Classic Pics (@ClassicPixs) January 20, 2014

First, there was the image above from a France-Belgium friendly last year, which went viral.

In France's opening World Cup game vs. Honduras, there were two fresh examples. First, a picture of him next to the corner flag:

Poor guy is also as tall as a corner flag! #FRA

— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) June 16, 2014

 And second, a picture of him underneath a France goal celebration:

Valbuena can't catch a break with his height #FRA

— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) June 16, 2014

No wonder fans made a spoof Panini sticker in his honour before the start of the tournament.

French fans troll 5' 6" (1.67 m) Mathieu Valbuena, creating fake Panini

— GOLTV (@GolTV) June 5, 2014

But with Valbuena impressing during France's 3-0 opening win, the little man is making a big impression.


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