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

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

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.

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

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