How tall is Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi's Height

5ft 6.5in (169 cm)

Argentinian Footballer who plays for Barcelona.

How tall is Lionel Messi
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plus said on 25/May/16
@Appe 6ft 0.5 Are you serious? Xavi was measured at 168.5 morning and forcing a bit and Messi is similar or 1 cm taller
Yori said on 23/May/16
Messi is 1.72 CM
Appe 6ft 0.5 said on 23/May/16
messi could be 173 cm
James B said on 7/Apr/16
Rob in the PR photo he looks very similar to a young Richard gere doesn't he?
Editor Rob: maybe if you squint your eyes a litte bit
5ft 9.25 said on 15/Mar/16
@LM
Besides, Messi is the miniature of David Luiz - they wan't to gain sth. with tons of hair :)
5ft 9.25 said on 15/Mar/16
@LM
tiptoeing yeah... All 5ft 6 guys claim '7"...
5ft 9.25 said on 14/Mar/16
He looks much too short next to Hazard (5'7), Lahm (~5'7) and Neymar (5'8.25) to be over 5ft 6 flat.
Probs 5ft 7 out of bed and this is what he goes with nowadays.
LM said on 12/Mar/16
Hey Rob, how tall do you think this guy is next to Messi? He's listed as 170cm but Messi clearly edges him at 169cm.
Maybe 166cm or something like that?
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James B said on 20/Feb/16
Rob is a downgrade to 5'6 possible in the future for messi?
Editor Rob: I think he can still be a 169 guy, I'm not sure as low as 168 for him.
plus said on 14/Feb/16
@Magic Xavi was measured live at 168-168,5 cm. And Messi is taller tan him. 169,5 sounds reasonable at 10-12 am
Magic said on 8/Feb/16
Messi has always been in adult age 168-169 today on wikipedia is 170. I begin to think that they claim their height and they aren't measured! An example Veratti(165) and Insigne(163 cm ) but Veratti compared to him , is taller at least 2 inches. I believe that some clubs measured others no.
How is it possible,Rob?
plus said on 23/Jan/16
I got the heights of Messi through years. It was published 2 key dates from Barcelona back in the day. Percentils are low but not extremely low. But he deserved the treatment because he wasn't determined to be that low according to genetics, and doctors knew that there were problems with him. It's not just about percentils

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Messi at 9 years old: 127 cm
Messi at 11 years old: 132 cm and 30 kg (diagnosed growth problem) - 10 % percentil (average 140 cm). Beginning of treatment
...13 years old: 148 cm and 39 kilograms (just arrived in FC Barcelona)
...15 years old - cadete A: 164 cm and 62 kg
adult: 170 cm and 72 kg
mande2013 said on 23/Jan/16
Well isn't the third percentile itself the cutoff for constitutional short stature?
James B said on 12/Jan/16
5'6 1/2 is short but it's not THAT short.

Rob apparently average height for men in Argentina from a 1998-2001 study was 5'8 1/2 so messi is only 2 inches under average.
James B said on 12/Jan/16
5'6 1/2 is short but it's not THAT short.
Shadow said on 11/Jan/16
I had my picture tacken with him.im 5ft 8 and im at least 3 inch taller on photo.camera man said hes 5ft 5inch
plus said on 9/Jan/16
@shortRussiandude without the treatment Messi had been 5'3 tall or 5'2 no less. He was diagnosed the problem because his height of that time wasn't the height determined by his genetics not because he had an unusual shortness, he was 3% percentil
Parker said on 8/Jan/16
ShortRussianDude said on 4/Jan/16
I wonder if he could of been one of the greats at a Very short height like 5 ft 1 or 5 ft 2 ?

No -the legs just would not have the length and power at that level.
ShortRussianDude said on 4/Jan/16
about my height really he got lucky below average obviously but with an actual height disorder he still got to a good height for football.

I wonder if he could of been one of the greats at a Very short height like 5 ft 1 or 5 ft 2 ?
plus said on 28/Dec/15
@Bruce very rare with 6 years old to be 132 cm, not even 7 or 8 y.o is common that
This is a normal table of growing in male childs until they become adult, the figures are when childten turn that age. And about Messi, 170 cm (it could be 169.5 but no less), similar to Xavi
Lucho said on 26/Dec/15
He is at least 1cm shorter. This listing is too high
Bruce 5'11.6 said on 25/Dec/15
Seems max 5'7 plus where do you live in dwarf land my 6 year old niece is 132 cm.
plus said on 21/Dec/15
@mande2013 yes I agree with you, he was short as some boys are, the difference is that his case was studied and it was diagnosed with that illness because there are people who are determined to be that short and other people not like Messi. A good example Maradona he is determined to be that short.
mande2013 said on 21/Dec/15
132 cm at age 11? That doesn't seem catastrophically short to me. It's essentially 4'4, and the average 11 year old boy in most Western countries is about 4'7 I think.
mande2013 said on 21/Dec/15
As far as Argentines are concerned, would Ricardo Darin merit a page?
Robby D said on 12/Dec/15
Lionel Messi is one of the few short footballers who is actually honest about his height.
joe @@ said on 23/Oct/15
messi is 168 cm -169 cm
meezemaker said on 22/Oct/15
167-168 no more.
Look smaller than Philipp Lahm who is 170cm

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he sould be downgrade
plus said on 4/Oct/15
Messi wasn't a dwarf as a kid, as many people claimed.

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He was 132 cm height at 11 years old, just before treatment, and 3% of Argentinian kids are in the same height, as you can see iun the table. At age 14 he was 148 cm (already in treatment), and he was in the 90% of kids shorter tan average.

After treament he is in a natural 30% of kids shorter tan average. Without treatment if you follow the pattern and perhaps he hadn't streteched at 13-14-15 years old (the stage of bigger growth), he could have measured 160 cm. The problem wasn't the height itself, rather that he wasn't determined by genetic to be among the 3% of shortes kids.
Stiffelio said on 2/Oct/15
I think all these heights are with cleats on. Everyone on the list should be a 3/4 inch shorter barefoot.
plus said on 2/Oct/15
My bet is

David Villa 174.3 (some day he reached 174.5 in the morning that's why he claims 175 since Sporting times)
Mascherano 174 (not that short as it could look)
Neymar 174
Dani Alves 172
Kun AgŁero 172
Lavezzi 172
Tevez 168
Messi 169.5
Xavi 169
varun18 said on 6/Sep/15
Messi, the lone Argentinian on the site???
[Editor Rob: there's not many, but a few actresses I'm sure like Mia Maestro and Olivia Hussey.]
Yo said on 31/Aug/15
He looks shorter than Carli Lloyd
VaJay said on 9/Aug/15
He is the EXACT same height as Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

If Rob ever watches football, I'm sure he'd be a gooner fan.
Josh1 said on 3/Aug/15
5'6.5 is right.
Gx79 said on 5/Jul/15
Rob he's shorter then that look at pic of home next to Ronaldo
Carlos said on 4/Jul/15
Hello Rob, How tall is Eduardo Vargas? Click Here
OneNamePlease! said on 28/Jun/15
What do you think, Rob? 171cm for Mascherano?
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[Editor Rob: 5ft 7.5 is a range he can look]
OneNamePlease said on 27/Jun/15
Rob , What do you think of Javier Mascherano, DC player
[Editor Rob: as a defender he looked short, not over 5ft 8]
mande2013 said on 19/Jun/15
@ Mike, I agree Benzema looks to be 6ft even. My comment was largely in response to seeing him next to Paul Pogba.
spainmen191cm said on 11/Jun/15
Rob how tall do you think is andres iniesta?
[Editor Rob: generally he could look roughly similar to messi, I think a bit taller than xavi though.]
OneNamePlease said on 9/Jun/15
Rob, how tall is Alexis Sanchez.?
[Editor Rob: can look taller sometimes than 5ft 6 range, but I think he is somewhere in there.]
John said on 6/Jun/15
On the Barcelona website he is now 170 cm - 5ft 7in tall.
I always thought he was 1.69m.
OneNamePlease said on 5/Jun/15
Rob, Barcelona or Juventus?
[Editor Rob: I have both a barcelona top and a juventus top...
I hope Barca win it.]
Mike said on 1/Jun/15
@mande2013 he isn't lying about his height, the internet just has it very wrong in recent times, before last year his official height was 184cm, even Rob agreed he lookes more 183-184cm when asked about this on the Ronaldo page, i think he's a solid 183cm, no more no less, but i have no clue where those 187cm listings came from.
OneNamePlease said on 11/May/15
Boateng actually is now 6'1 after of the game
joe 193cm night said on 7/May/15
the best player of today's poor boteng fell seemed to have fainted
OneNamePlease said on 6/May/15
Very strong 5'6.5
OneNamePlease said on 6/May/15
@6ftmagician
Are you crazy?
mande2013 said on 20/Apr/15
Karim Benzema is a footballer who I think lies big time about his height. He's officially listed at 6'2, but he only looks 5'11-ish to me. What do you think?
[Editor Rob: somewhere between 5ft 11 and 6ft range is a lot more likely than a 6ft 2.]
Ferdinand said on 19/Apr/15
Messi - 169
Iniesta - 170
Xavi - 168
Pedro - 167
Alba - 169
Alves - 171
Adriano - 172
Neymar - 173
mande2013 said on 17/Apr/15
On the dark side of the comment sections around the internet, they'd probably sooner make fun of Mathieu Valbuena's height.
Roger 173cm said on 15/Apr/15
Rob, Messi has a bad posture, do you think that measures 169.5?
James B said on 26/Mar/15
For the record i am 5'7 (170cm) and people say i look the spit of messi except my hair is lighter so I shouldn't be dissing him lol.
Panda said on 22/Mar/15
Yeah I seriously doubt anyone gives a crap about Messi's height. People are more interested in his great soccer skills than him being under 5'7". Goes to show that height doesn't really mean that much.
Jamal said on 16/Mar/15
@Tania It just means you (luckily) haven't really visited the dark side of the comment sections around the internet! But yeah, I don't think there are many people in the world whose first reaction to Messi is "that guy is kind of short". He's a beast of a footballer!
Tania said on 15/Mar/15
Funny, I've never heard of anyone making fun of Messi for his height. Ever. Or even acknowledging it.
Besides, he's one of the greatest modern footballers ever and that's what people know him for.
Gaz said on 14/Mar/15
like MD said it's the complete opposite lol his height barley gets mentioned and when it does it's not in a bad way hence the nicknames 'little magician' or 'little maestro'. The only time when i see people saying his height is a negative is at heading the ball and even at his height he is not bad at it!.
MD said on 13/Mar/15
It really is a ridiculous thing to say given that the whole narrative of his story is that he's made his height practically not matter, and that most people simply see him for how good he is. It's like the complete opposite of what James said.
Parker said on 13/Mar/15
Lionel Messi, 2.5 inches taller than the greatest footballer of all time.
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Jamal said on 12/Mar/15
@James B. Come on man, "almost as well known for his height than his football talent"? That is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard.
James B said on 10/Mar/15
Rob do you agree Messi is the 'tom cruise' of soccer because he always gets a lot of flack for his stature?

Messi i think is almost as well known for his height than his football talent
[Editor Rob: to many people I think they might see him as an average looking guy who is short.

Who is giving him flack though...forums, the press, fans??

I think to the objective man, they can appreciate that he is an unbelievable footballer. His lack of height has not been a barrier to becoming arguably the best footballer in the last 10 years.
]
Parker said on 6/Mar/15
Chilean says on 3/Mar/15
an estimate for lavezzi and aguero?

Aguero is close to 5'8, maybe 5'7.5. Here he is stood next to a 5'3 footballer

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Chilean said on 3/Mar/15
an estimate for lavezzi and aguero?
ArgentineGuy1989 said on 22/Feb/15
I thought he would be shorter, he had an hormone disease when he was a kid that prevented him from growing well, but that shortness made him very snappy and helped him in his career.
178 Guy said on 2/Feb/15
This seems like an accurate answer, but it's funny, when you look at both Ronaldo and Messi, it's almost seems like a whole foot difference lol, (almost) but yeah I thought Leo was always 5'7 so maybe this could explain it :p
max said on 26/Jan/15
messi is 169cm, they are a lot of barcelona players who said messi was shorter than people think, i wouldn't rule out 268cm either
evil said on 13/Jan/15
did you see what big difference was between ronaldo and messi on ballon d'or ceremony.Ronaldo is definitely not less than 186cm, messi 169cm, no more no less
dj sami said on 28/Dec/14
it's true that messi's height is 5ft 7inch(1.70metres).....
Kevin said on 2/Dec/14
Messi is a good 5'7(1.70cm)
mohd said on 10/Nov/14
He is about 5'7" (169.75 cm) xavi is 1 cm taller 5'7" (170 cm) iniesta is too
James B said on 31/Oct/14
Rob do you think messi could be 11 stone?
[Editor Rob: I don't think he'd quite make that range, more 10 stoner ]
DrJJ said on 22/Oct/14
I've always thought Casillas was a short goalkeeper. All goalkeeper selections recently at Madrid have been based on getting in old-fashioned big guys. Casillas has gone out of form slowly as he aged because his prowess based on agility. Big keepers can keep going well into their late 30s or even beyond. Casillas is ALWAYS several inches shorter than Sergio Ramos. Sometimes it looks like 2 inches, other times 3 or so. My estimate is 5' 10" to 5' 10.5". Definitely sub-six feet, would be lucky if he was 5' 11".
Ally said on 14/Oct/14
Rob no way Messi is only 135 lbs. He is quiet bulky..doesnt look that skinny. He is minimum 68 kg. Probably 70 kg
Ally said on 9/Oct/14
Messi - 169
Iniesta - 170
Xavi - 168
Pedro - 167
Alba - 169
Alves - 172
Adriano - 173
Neymar - 174
Kourosh177cm said on 3/Oct/14
169-170 cm for messi no more no less.
Roger 186cm said on 8/Sep/14
Looks 170cm. Is more tall than Xavi Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez
Gaz said on 17/Aug/14
spainmen Xavi is listed on here 5'6'' which sounds about right for him.
italianoGuy said on 17/Aug/14
He is 1.69 about 1.70m it's true.
spainmen said on 11/Aug/14
Hey Rob what do you think about the height of Xavi Hernandez? F.C Barcelona player? he is listed at 5ft7(170cm) but sometimes he can look shorter than Messi and Iniesta what would be your guess for him?
John said on 20/Jul/14
5ft 6in is right. Phillip Lahm is an inch taller at 5ft 7in. Lionel Messi is size 10 feet which is big for his height. Lahm is size 7.
awesome person said on 18/Jul/14
i think he is 5 ft 7
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jul/14
Lahm edged out Messi I noticed the other day and he's listed at 5 ft 7.
mande2013 said on 12/Jul/14
What about Sepp Blatter's height? He's often listed as being 5'7 and change, but he's clearly a couple of inches shorter than Iniesta. You could see when they shook hands before the 2010 WC final.
Penwomkey said on 11/Jul/14
The game Fifa 14 which contains stats for every soccer player states that Messi is 169cm so rob is definitely correct
Elfoersaan said on 9/Jul/14
Messi is always a full head shorter than Christiano Ronaldo in pictures. Considering Ronaldo is 185 cm, I simply can't swallow anything more than 167 cm for Messi. With Maradonna he looks about 4 to 5 cm taller.
Lionel Messi is on a very good day 168 cm, but I'll give it him because I like him. 5ft 6in flat!
James B said on 15/Jun/14
5ft6 inch
Asif said on 11/Jun/14
5 fit 7 inch
James B said on 9/Jun/14
Wow that's light I thought he was 147 pounds
James B said on 7/Jun/14
Rob could you maybe answer the question below. Sorry dont mean to be annoying
[Editor Rob: would think between 135 and 140 range]
James B said on 25/May/14
Rob how much do you think messi weighs?
Bran said on 14/May/14
@ Im guessing Lionel grew alot from 16 with him being allegedly like 5ft2 at 15, i wonder if he was like 5ft3-4 on his debut for barcelona ?
jordydecke said on 22/Apr/14
@yaris the official Real Madrid website has Iker Casillas listed as 6'1. Now fair enough if he was really 5'9 they might exaggerate his height to 5'10 to 5'11 but not as high as 6'1 surely....
yaris said on 7/Apr/14
Rob, iker casillas is listed as 5'9 on soccer base.com, I find it interesting his height has changed over the years on different websites, he was listed as 5'9 when i first searched, cuz i could notice he was rather short for a goal keeper, 5'11 a couple of years, then 6'0, now 6'1 185 cm? I think his true height is 5.10.5 179 cm, probably grown a little due to maturing, maybe hit puberty late, and also doing athletic sports advances height slightly. How tall would you say iker casillas is rob?
spainmen said on 22/Mar/14
Rob,what do you think about Diego Costa Atletico de Madrid player? he is listed at 188cm
[Editor Rob: could be a bit too much, maybe nearer 6ft 1 than 2, but I don't watch much as much la liga]
Vicky said on 22/Mar/14
i'l say dat's a gud height......anyways ur work makes u great :) height age and weights are just smal numbers .....!!
jeremy said on 17/Feb/14
Rob. What do you think about Neymar? He is listed 5'9. But i think he is more like 5'7.75 or 5'8
[Editor Rob: yeah 5ft 8-8.5 is more likely than 9]
Realist said on 9/Feb/14
5'6 flat more likely.
vanninasky said on 30/Jan/14
hey rob if messi height are right, which is the height of his girlfriend?

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[Editor Rob: maybe in the 5ft 1 range]
James said on 11/Jan/14
Would u not rule out 168cm for messi rob?
[Editor Rob: you can't rule it out, it's a possibility]
spainmen said on 22/Dec/13
Rob,how tall do you think is Iker Casillas?
[Editor Rob: looks in 5ft 11 range]
cannux said on 11/Dec/13
Neymar look short 5ft9 is impossibile i belive more 5ft7.5
Kourosh177cm said on 20/Nov/13
teej of course he is not the greatest and as one of the greatest is still highly debatable.
Kourosh177cm said on 20/Nov/13
barcelona is a short football team. most of the players are around 5'6 to 5'8. the only tall players i found were pique 6'3 and valdez 6'0.
In other side Real Madrid is relatively a tall football team average among the players in Real Madrid is 5'11.
teej said on 9/Aug/13
He is short, 5ft5-5ft7 i dont know. But he is one of the greatest footballers i have ever witnessed, if not the greatest. Dont forget the diego marradonna was only 5'5. Football is one of those rare sports where height can be an advantage and disadvantage.
FCB supporter said on 19/Jun/13
Rob, what would you put the Barcelona players height assuming Messi is 169cm? Also, how tall do you think Michael Laudrup and Zinedine Zidane are?
[Editor Rob: zidane always looked around 6ft 1, but other barca players I would need to look at]
ian said on 17/May/13
Thanks for all your 100% proof Kevin. IF I had to guess I would say Messi is about 5ft 6.5 inches tall. He could be 5 ft6 or 5ft 7 though. There is no way of knowing exactly unless you measured one of Barcelona's players like Xavi or Iniesta and then compared him to Messi.
Anonymous said on 27/Mar/13
5ft7 5ft8 max
theenforcer said on 12/Mar/13
Messi looks slightly taller than 5t ft 5 Jordi Alba. 5 ft 6.5 looks right, not the shortest Barcelona player.
Clint said on 15/Feb/13
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Diego Milito is 183, he has a very bad posture nonetheless he looks much much taller than Messi. I think 167-168 max for Messi.
Kevin said on 14/Feb/13
messi: 5'7 1.70cm
iniesta: 5'7 1.72 cm
Xavi: 5'6 1.68
im 100% sure thats true
Steven said on 31/Jan/13
Rob, how about a page for Iker Casillas? He is recognised as the best goalkeeper in the world?
Jack said on 29/Jan/13
Rob is a flat 5'9" possible for Carles Puyol? To me he looks it in this pic with Messi. Click Here
[Editor Rob: yeah puyol could be just a 5ft 9 guy]
Molot said on 13/Jan/13
60 minutes sports stated he is 5'5".
Clint said on 12/Jan/13
Look at these pictures:

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Here Messi is with the italian writer and journalist Roberto Saviano, who once claimed himself 170 in a tv program. He also wrote in an article he's 170.
I think about 167 for Messi, but it's not easy to say exactly because their posture is strange and one is full of hair while the other is completely bold. What do you think Rob?
ygkrooks said on 10/Jan/13
check on fifa if you have it
Ocelot said on 5/Nov/12
Rob,how tall do you think is Francesco Totti? 5'10" or 5'11"?
[Editor Rob: I would go with 5ft 10]
fmj said on 3/Nov/12
I think messi's 5'5
iniesta 5'6
xavi 5'4.5
Ocelot said on 30/Oct/12
Messi:169 cm
Iniesta:171 cm
Xavi:168 cm
Peyman said on 24/Sep/12
@ Editor Rob , how tall do you think is buffon ?
[Editor Rob: probably close to six three]
ANDREA[ITA] said on 12/Sep/12
No, i dont know him! I dont follow football too much... Anyway, i'm pretty sure Buffon is honest when he claimed 191 and 192... Maybe 191 is his lowest...
Peyman said on 12/Sep/12
@ ANDREA , I used to think he is 190 , but in the final match in Euro 2012's final match he appeared around 3-3.5 inches taller than Cassilas who is 5ft 11in ( comparing to Ramos & Xavi Alonso ) so maybe 189 is closer for Buffon .
ANDREA , Do you know Ali Daei ? he has scored over 100 goals for Iran & the best goal scorer . (6ft 2.5in-6ft 3.5in ) is what the different websites say about his height , also he has been claiming 190-192 over years , but I have met him in person & he had just 1.5 inches on me . I,m just 6ft so Daei is 6ft 1.5in.
ANDREA[ITA] said on 9/Sep/12
Peyman, 6'2 for Buffon is clearly too low! He claimed both 191 and 192 and he actually doesnt look under 6'3! He's for sure in the 6'3-6'3.5 range!
Peyman said on 8/Sep/12
Messi : 5ft 6.5in
C.Ronaldo : 6ft 1in
Ibrahimovich : 6ft 4.25in
Drogba : 6ft 1.5in
Lampard : 6ft 0.25in
Gerrard : 5ft 11.75in
Beckham : 5ft 11in
Cassilas : 5ft 11in
Terry : 6ft 1in
Ramos : 6ft 0in
Xavi alonso : 5ft 11.75in
Ozil : 5ft 10.5in
Xavi : 5ft 6.5in
Inesta : 5ft 7in
Pique : 6ft 3.5in
Bousqets : 6ft 2in
Villa : 5ft 8.75in
Benzema : 5ft 11.75in
Higuain : 6ft 0.25in
Buffon : 6ft 2in
Balloteli : 6ft 1.5in
Ronaldinho : 5ft 10.5in
Zidane : 6ft 0.5in
Brazilian Ronaldo : 5ft 11in
haha said on 13/Feb/12
phl, that is stupid. Messi is 169cm and Xavi is 168cm. Xavi's just closer to the camera, so he appears bigger.
phl said on 10/Feb/12
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in this pic messi looks much shorter than 174cm Neymar and 170cm Xavi. he looks more like 166cm - 167cm.
phl said on 10/Feb/12
the average height in Argentina for man is like 5'8 , 5'8.5 .... not that short. Americans claim 5'10 but is more like 5'9.5 ...
Miranda said on 25/Jan/12
that's right, he NEEDED hormone injections when he was younger because his doctor noticed he had a growth hormone deficiency.

He must have been very small for him to have been a noticeably small Argentinian kid.
Vegas said on 25/Jan/12
Shaun says on 22/Jan/12
David Seaman was listed at 6'4" a lot I think but he is more 6'3" I think. Schmeicel to me actually looks a legit 6'4", big dane.
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schmeichel was always shorter than david james, james was listed at 6'4 for years then upped to 6'5 near the end of his liverpool career, cantona was listed 6'1 when he played for leeds, schmeichel looked more 6'3 range to me, he always looked shorter than 6'4 listed pallister in team photos, sorry for the small size, my brother had all these posters on his wall so i remember looking at them back in the day Click Here Click Here Click Here

seaman was listed 6'3 for years then upped to 6'4 around 1996, seaman and schmeichel were around same height
SIlent d said on 24/Jan/12
Probably one of the best strikers out there. He is a team player and a very humble man. I heard he got hormone injections to grow a few inches. Good for him. He is about 5 foot 6.
Dr JJ said on 23/Jan/12
The Spanish footballers can be sussed, in full high definition, at the team lineouts for the national anthems. It was obvious in the World Cup and you'll see it again this summer at the Euros. The benchmarks have to be Xabi Alonso, bang on six foot and Iker Casillas, an inch shorter at 5' 11", and recognised as short for a goalie. From those yardsticks, what I see is -Xavi Hernandez 5' 4.5", Andres Iniesta 5' 6", David Villa 5' 7". And that's on a good day. Messi is around 5' 5"-6"
James said on 23/Jan/12
peter looked 6'3.5 with cantona
Small dude :( said on 22/Jan/12
when Messi was 11 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, so to reach the height he has is a great achievement for him. Incredible player too.
Shaun said on 22/Jan/12
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With 6'5" listed Petr Cech.
Shaun said on 22/Jan/12
Rob any guesses for Peter Schmeicel? I think he looks close to his 6'4" listing don't you think?
[Editor Rob: always thought schmeicel was one of those guys who was maybe 6ft 3.5]
Shaun said on 22/Jan/12
David Seaman was listed at 6'4" a lot I think but he is more 6'3" I think. Schmeicel to me actually looks a legit 6'4", big dane.
Terry Chan said on 21/Jan/12
Iniesta is a strong 5'7, while Xavi is a solid 5'6 (this is his official listing in his early career)

Messi is something between 168cm - 169.5cm. He is at least 3 inches taller than Maradona
Shaun said on 21/Jan/12
Is Gary Pallister 6'4"? Missed that one and I was a huge Manu fan as a teenager in the 90s. Cantona was always listed at 6'2" in the old Carling sticker albums I think.
sasa said on 20/Jan/12
messi is not too short..He look nearly 5'7..flat 5'6-5'6.5 is good
Ramiro said on 19/Jan/12
Never forget his humility. It always cut some height through posture. I don't understand why to spend time discussing heights taken time over time in medical exams.
Vegas said on 18/Jan/12
satchy says on 14/Jan/12
pele looks taller than messi. messi looks 2 in taller than maradona..and maradona is 5ft 3 or smth..just look at that photo Click Here
guy in the center is 6ft
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6ft?? thats peter schmeichel in the middle, listed 6'4 and 6'5 during his time with man utd, probably closer to 6'3 in reality though as he was shorter than ~6'4 gary pallister but taller than eric cantona listed 6'1 and 6'2
miser said on 17/Jan/12
Not that short.
Rick.P said on 17/Jan/12
guy in center is schmeichel, at least 190 cm
Ikbob said on 15/Jan/12
look how tall Pele looks next to the other players and he is listed as 5ft6.5 here..Pele doesn't look much shorter than Rooney...Click Here

looking at that picture, it seems Messi is also slightly taller than Dani Alves. I don't know why Dani Alves gets listed 171-173 almost everywhere when he seems to be around 167-169 range....
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 15/Jan/12
Agreed. Maradona might even be 5'3.5 today. He's not been in the best health, but I can't imagine a 51 year old has lost too much height. He definitely needs to be knocked down from his 5'5 peak listing.
Parker said on 15/Jan/12
satchy says on 14/Jan/12
I say Messi is a strong 5ft 5

Nah - That would put Maradona under 5'3. He's short, but not that short.
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I think this listing is spot on, Maradona 5'4. Agree with Leonari I doubt he was ever a full 5'5.

Rooney's 'Official' height is 5'10, but I think he's rounding up. I'd put him at 5'9. Again Maradona looks 5'4 here - He's only 51 so doubt he'd have lost a full inch in height since his playing days

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leonari said on 14/Jan/12
Xavi always looks shorter than Messi cause he is yet he gets listed a full 5'7" everywhere!
leonari said on 14/Jan/12
The three best footballers of all time are all below average. Maradonna: Peak height 5'5" (and possibly a fraction under if you ask me), Pele: 5'8" official height could be a bit smaller as well. Messi: 5'6.5
leonari said on 14/Jan/12
The three best footballers of all time are all below average. Maradonna: Peak height 5'5" (and possibly a fraction under if you ask me), Pele: 5'8" official height could be a bit smaller as well. Messi: 5'6.5
James said on 13/Jan/12
my girlfriend fancies the pants of this guy but was dissapointed when she found out he was only 5'6 1/2.
1.85 m, 83 kg said on 13/Jan/12
Yup, spot on. Relatively short man. Best footballer to live.
Josh (170-172) said on 12/Jan/12
Yeah, i was trying to make a case of xavi being lower than he gets listed. i do think iniesta is 5'7" though with xavi at 5'6" and messi inbetween
miko said on 12/Jan/12
Closer to 5'7 than 5'6.
Ikbob said on 12/Jan/12
@josh

That's because Xavi is actually around 168. 169 for Messi is correct.
Joe said on 12/Jan/12
I've noticed that Josh. Though i think Xavi and Iniesta are under 5'7.
Henkka said on 11/Jan/12
Definitely in the 5'6"-5'6.5" range, nothing more and nothing less.
Josh (170-12) said on 11/Jan/12
I think he generally looks 5'6" but then he sometimes appears taller than a 5'7" listed Xavi
Parker said on 11/Jan/12
A 5'6.5 Messi puts Maradona at a max 5'4.

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Witchdoctor said on 11/Jan/12
the was a documentary about his life that I saw and I could have sworn he was mentioned as 1.68m
Joe said on 10/Jan/12
He's a strange one. Sometimes he can look this height and then he can look an inch shorter.
Jack said on 10/Jan/12
This listing sounds fair...5'6" at worst.

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