How tall is Lionel Messi ?

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Lionel Messi's height is 5ft 6.5in (169 cm)

Argentinian Footballer who plays for Barcelona.
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James B says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 13/Mar/15
Lionel Messi, 2.5 inches taller than the greatest footballer of all time.
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Jamal says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 3/Mar/15
an estimate for lavezzi and aguero?
ArgentineGuy1989 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 28/Dec/14
it's true that messi's height is 5ft 7inch(1.70metres).....
Kevin says on 2/Dec/14
Messi is a good 5'7(1.70cm)
mohd says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 9/Oct/14
Messi - 169
Iniesta - 170
Xavi - 168
Pedro - 167
Alba - 169
Alves - 172
Adriano - 173
Neymar - 174
Kourosh177cm says on 3/Oct/14
169-170 cm for messi no more no less.
Roger 186cm says on 8/Sep/14
Looks 170cm. Is more tall than Xavi Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez
Gaz says on 17/Aug/14
spainmen Xavi is listed on here 5'6'' which sounds about right for him.
italianoGuy says on 17/Aug/14
He is 1.69 about 1.70m it's true.
spainmen says 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 says 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 says on 18/Jul/14
i think he is 5 ft 7
Arch Stanton says on 15/Jul/14
Lahm edged out Messi I noticed the other day and he's listed at 5 ft 7.
mande2013 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 15/Jun/14
5ft6 inch
Asif says on 11/Jun/14
5 fit 7 inch
James B says on 9/Jun/14
Wow that's light I thought he was 147 pounds
James B says 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 says on 25/May/14
Rob how much do you think messi weighs?
Bran says 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 says 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 says on 7/Apr/14
Rob, iker casillas is listed as 5'9 on soccer, 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 9/Feb/14
5'6 flat more likely.
vanninasky says 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 says 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 says on 22/Dec/13
Rob,how tall do you think is Iker Casillas?
[Editor Rob: looks in 5ft 11 range]
cannux says on 11/Dec/13
Neymar look short 5ft9 is impossibile i belive more 5ft7.5
Kourosh177cm says on 20/Nov/13
teej of course he is not the greatest and as one of the greatest is still highly debatable.
Kourosh177cm says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 27/Mar/13
5ft7 5ft8 max
theenforcer says 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 says on 15/Feb/13
Look at this:

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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 says 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 says on 31/Jan/13
Rob, how about a page for Iker Casillas? He is recognised as the best goalkeeper in the world?
Jack says 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 says on 13/Jan/13
60 minutes sports stated he is 5'5".
Clint says 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 says on 10/Jan/13
check on fifa if you have it
Ocelot says 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 says on 3/Nov/12
I think messi's 5'5
iniesta 5'6
xavi 5'4.5
Ocelot says on 30/Oct/12
Messi:169 cm
Iniesta:171 cm
Xavi:168 cm
Peyman says on 24/Sep/12
@ Editor Rob , how tall do you think is buffon ?
[Editor Rob: probably close to six three]
ANDREA[ITA] says 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 says 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] says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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.

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 says 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 says 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 says on 23/Jan/12
peter looked 6'3.5 with cantona
Small dude :( says 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 says on 22/Jan/12
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With 6'5" listed Petr Cech.
Shaun says 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 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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