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 pic.twitter.com/Bw9NSlOFAW— 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:
And second, a picture of him underneath a France goal celebration:
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 pic.twitter.com/QydKsgnjre— GOLTV (@GolTV) June 5, 2014
But with Valbuena impressing during France's 3-0 opening win, the little man is making a big impression.