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

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 16, 2014

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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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.