Tallest & Shortest Football Player Ever

Learn fascinating information about some of the world's tallest and shortest soccer players ever

Kristof Van Hout is the world's tallest professional football player

The football world has had some players who are famous due to their intriguing football skills. There are also some footballers who have become very famous due to their height. Among them are the tallest and shortest football players in the world.

World's tallest soccer player

Kristof Van Hout: 6 ft 10 inches, 2.08 m

Kristof Van Hout was born on February 9, 1987 in Lommel Belgium. He plays as a goalkeeper and is the world's tallest professional football player. His youth football career started in 1992 at KFC Lommelse SK club in the city of Lommel, Limburg. He later moved to K.F.C Verbroedering Geel in 2003 and then to Willem II club still in Belgium.  In 2006 he started his senior soccer career in Willem II, although he did not make any appearance. Later he moved to K.V. Kortrijk, then to Standard Liège. In 2011 he returned to K.V. Kortrijk which is his current club.

Yang Changpeng: 6ft 9 inches, 2.06 m

Yang Changpeng is a Chinese footballer who plays as a striker and was born on May 1, 1989. He spent his youth football career at Wuhan Guanggu in China from 2005 to 2007. In October 2006 he was scouted by Bolton wanderers of England and taken on a 1 month trial. In 2008 he made his first senior soccer career still at Wuhan Guanggu. In 2009 he played for Three Gorges Kangtian on loan. He later signed for his current club, Chengdu Blades in 2010.

Vanja Ivesa: 6ft 9 inches, 2.06 m

He who plays as a goalkeeper, was born on July 21 1977 in Yugoslavia. He started his youth football career at Istra Pula from 1999 to 2001. He then moved to NK Rijeka where he made his first senior football appearance. In 2001 he moved to Sydney united and then moved to NK Zminj in 2003. From there he played for NK Pula, NK Slaven Belupo, and in 2008 he joined his current club: Eskisehirspor.

World's shortest soccer player

Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari: 5ft 1 inch, 1.55 m

Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari is a former Qatari soccer player who was born on September 27, 1972.  He played as a midfielder at Al Sadd club which is the only club he ever played for. Between 2000 and 2002, he made 14 appearances in Qatar national team and scored 4 goals. He retired from professional football in 2009 and he is the current manager of Al Sadd club.

Élton Jose Xavier Gomes: 5ft 2 inches, 1.57 m

Élton Jose Xavier Gomes is a Brazilian footballer who was born on April 7, 1986 in Alagoas Brazil. His youth career started at Corinthians club, where he also made his first senior team appearance in 2004. In 2006 he went to São Caetano and then to Steaua Bucuresti in Romania. Thereafter he played for Al Nasr, Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Dubai club, AL Wasl FC, Sport, and then to his current club Al Fatel, where he moved in 2011.

Daniel Villalba: 5ft 2 inches, 1.57 m

Daniel Villalba is an argentine football striker who was born on July 6, 1992 in Corrientes in Argentina. He started his soccer career at River Plate club from 2005 to 2009. It is here that he made his first senior soccer team appearance in 2009, becoming the youngest player to ever play for River Plate. Daniel played for Argentina for the first time in 2007 at the South American Under-15 Football Championship. In 2009 he played for Argentina's Under-17 national team in South American Championship scoring 3 goals in 5 appearances.