Lionel Messi and the 25 Best Small Players in the World Right Now

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Lionel Messi and the 25 Best Small Players in the World Right Now
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Lionel Messi might not match up in height with most opponents but his ability makes sure this is rarely an issue.

Size matters...no wait size doesn't matter. Such blanket statements of (not necessarily true) fact are a part of everyday life. One of the great things about football is there is very little room for such a black and white mentality.

While other team sports quite naturally need to place an emphasis on height or strength, the nature of football allows it to embrace creativity and technical ability more than others might.

This has meant players who aren't six foot tall or bigger to both comfortably make a living in the sport, and in many cases flourish successfully. The shining example of this today is Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Messi utilises his comparatively slight stature in the way he, at times, unfathomably weaves his way through what seems the tightest of spaces with a mixture of tremendous trickery and speed. Yet while this is one element of his game, his size does not wholly characterise who he is as a player.

As is the case with the following list of 25 of the best small players in the world right now. The only criteria being they come in under 5'9'', like Messi, these players are some of the most talented in the world right now.

If there is anyone you think is missing out or if someone on the list isn't worth their place please feel free to comment and discuss.

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