How tall is Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi's Height

5ft 6.5in (168.9 cm)

Argentinian Footballer who plays for Barcelona.

How tall is Lionel Messi
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Average Guess (103 Votes)
5ft 6.35in (168.5cm)
Jim_88 said on 7/Sep/17
Rob, what about these photos??

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Nik said on 25/Aug/17
No more than 5'6.5"!
TheChemSpark said on 24/Aug/17
He's probably a strong 5'6", about 168.5cm but definitely not 170 cm
andre said on 19/Aug/17
justin bieber towered over him and justin is just 173cm with shoes so this guy is 164cm barefoot
Slim183 said on 17/Aug/17
A strong 5'6 guy. average guesses are spot on.
RichardSpain said on 17/Aug/17
to be honest Messi seems more 168cm than 170cm

could be 169cm barefoot..

170cm with footwear..
Canson said on 16/Aug/17
@Johnson: because your standard is different from Rob's. You use the 3 hours out of bed or 2 hours out of bed and throw it out there like that's his true height. That's your estimate and yours only. While Rob uses more of a normal height unless he is unsure which is often the case with athletes here because many are listed 1/2" higher than they are as is. Your estimates are always consistent with trying to "justify" what a club told you and you tend to inflate everyone else's heights in comparison with them to make the "math" work. That is not a good way or sound way to estimate unfortunately. So I have to go with what's rob said Messi is 169 only because all of your estimates are inflated by 1-2cm. Rob tends himself to have lots of celebs listed a bit higher as is giving them the benefit of the doubt when he is uncertain. example Michael jordan anyone who has ever described him including people who have met him as well as other players say he's 6'4 to 6'5 you have him as over 6'5 Rob has him 6'5". When 6'6" guys are meeting him and saying he's 6'4" range obviously that's what it means that he isn't quite 6'5". And he was drafted and measured 6'4.5 in 1984 at 21 so doubt he grew when people say he looks the same size now. Now 6'5" is a safe estimate for Rob as he hasn't met him so it's maybe a roundup but looking at him with Kobe MJ is not taller than Kobe is. I would take the 170 for Messi a bit more seriously and consider that a possibility but I just don't see it as a low if he measures where he does. Also if you didn't upgrade everyone else you comment on.
andre said on 12/Aug/17
166cm for messi
James B said on 3/Aug/17
Rob did say he thought nessbitt could have shrunk by now.

By the way I didn't feel much shorter than nessbitt when I met him in 2007 and I am only a fraction over 170cm.
Nik said on 1/Aug/17
I reckon he is about 5'6.25"!
Johnson said on 30/Jul/17
@Canson you should see him with Nesbitt. Rob thought Nesbitt was 180-181. A person who is 164... he took a picture with Messi and Messi looked 6 cm taller than him. I doubt Messi is shorter than 169 evening. I don't rule out 169 flat for Messi evening but not shorter than that and taller than that figure during all morning
Johnson said on 29/Jul/17
@Canson I only see 3.5 max between Messi and Neymar
James B said on 26/Jul/17
Rob remember I saw Nessbitt in person and when I got his autograph I didn't feel much shorter than him at all and I am not even 5ft8 . And yes I thought he looked much smaller than Ronaldo.

But you are still convinced he is Nessbitt is a legit 5'11?
Editor Rob: I think he was a legit 5ft 11, whether he has lost a little fraction? Not impossible now.
James B said on 24/Jul/17
Rob do you think the clip is inaccurate for judging height?
Editor Rob: I don't know how high up the camera is, but Nesbitt could certainly make Messi look 5ft 7 and with Ronaldo at the event he looked over 2 inches smaller in the same area.

maybe a bad height day for Nesbitt 😱
Canson said on 24/Jul/17
@Johnson: Messi is not 170. Why do you always inflate everyone's heights?
James B said on 23/Jul/17
Rob go to 13:00 onwards Click Here

How many inches do you think there looks between Messi and James?
Editor Rob: at times not more than 4 inches in the clip!
Johnson said on 23/Jul/17
@Richard Neymar and Messi as we can see in your pics, are 3-4 cm apart

Messi is a good 170.
Richard said on 20/Jul/17
So Rob 170 cm just awake,169 cm during the day and 168 cm in the evening?
Editor Rob: yeah it is possible, but maybe not quite 168 flat, but 168.3-5 range at a low.
Richard said on 19/Jul/17
Rob these are the best photos to compare Messi and Neymar:
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Do you think Messi is between 168-170 cm? 170 cm just after he woke up, 169 cm during the medical test and 168 in the evening? Or 171 cm just waking up and 169 in the evening?
Editor Rob: on a bad day Messi might fall to 168-9 zone.
Johnson said on 18/Jul/17
@Enzo can you post the original video where Neymar is measured 174.1? Not the pic by the user but the whole clip

As for Alba was measured 170.2 last year in the machine
Enzo said on 17/Jul/17
another player fcb
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Jordi Alba is 169cm with a thick socks, so 168-167 lowest for him
Enzo said on 17/Jul/17
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Messi is even under 170 propably in the morning
weak 169cm
Enzo said on 16/Jul/17
168 after played a match, So 171 morning and 169 evening
Robby said on 16/Jul/17
I have the guess he is 168 cm in his low- during matches.
Heightfrauding said on 10/Jul/17
I guess 167-168 MAX.
ok said on 8/Jul/17
Looked 167 beside Suarez and bieber
even said on 3/Jul/17
5 foot 6
Wizo said on 3/Jul/17
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Messi at his wedding with Neymar and Dani Alves(172cm).
Nik said on 28/Jun/17
He has the 5'6" look!
Tallish89 said on 27/Jun/17

If he was 169 at age 24/25 how can he now be 170?
Nothing more than 167/168cm, he just upgraded himself a 2-3cm over the years
Wizo said on 27/Jun/17
@Sheru 170cm is 5ft7.

I think Messi is 5ft6 range the more I look at him, he can pull off solid 5ft6 at times, but other times he looks shorter. He could be anywhere from 167-169 but most likely 168cm.

After so many football heights being inflated, you could believe Messi's 5ft7 listing is not 100% accurate, although he's not far from it.
Sheru said on 26/Jun/17
Neymar's height is 174 and Messi's height was 169 till he was 24/5 and now his height is 170 cm (5ft 6in)
5''11.25 at noon said on 25/Jun/17
He's no taller than 170cm or 5'6.75
trumpslave said on 22/Jun/17
Textbook 5ft6
Gladstone screwer said on 17/Jun/17
The mullet makes him a bit taller. He's selling his boots at auction, one completely unused. Grab a bargain ! 5'6".
Johnson said on 8/Jun/17
Textbook 5'7
Timur9717 said on 2/Jun/17
Definetely not full 170 cm. I guess he is 168.5 cm. He looks a good 4 cm shorter than Neymar who is no more than 173 cm.
Grey said on 18/May/17
168-169 much more likely than full 170
spainmen192cm said on 18/May/17
Rob, maybe you should update the photo? He nowdays have short hair and beard.
ma said on 12/May/17
@Johnson is 5 ft 8 for sure :P
MrPie said on 10/May/17
Hey Rob, can you add "Joana Sanz"? She's Dani Alves gf and she's tall!
James B said on 10/May/17
Can I just say that Messi isn't that short since 5'6.5 is only 2 inches under the average height of 5'8 1/2 in Argentina.
Johnson said on 10/May/17
How tall is Iranian Messi? 3 cm less than original Messi?
Johnson said on 1/May/17
@Wizo I see only 1 cm between Iniesta and Messi
Wizo said on 21/Apr/17
I think Messi might be closer to 5ft6 than it seems, because I looked at pictures of him with players of similar height and he even seemed shorter than 5ft6 flat Javier Saviola when he was 19. I don't know if he gained another cm after that age. Could be possible. But it's almost certain he's not 5ft7. He is shorter than 171cm Iniesta. Regardless of his height, he is probably the greatest footballer of his generation(and widely considered the best by a lot of football legends)
Bee123 said on 19/Apr/17
Use to be listed at 5'6 funny how they suddenly upgrade him to 5"7
Johnson said on 12/Apr/17
@James how tall are you?
James said on 11/Apr/17
@James B No, there is another James poster. You are "James B", not "James".
Original said on 29/Mar/17
Guanzo said on 23/Mar/17
Nik said on 21/Mar/17

Ranjit Daimary said on 20/Mar/17
My 5ft 6in
Canson said on 20/Mar/17
@Rorona: I agree that is not a good way to decipher a measurement. But I think that is just Johnson and I respect him because he is different in his approach but he embraces his differences and does a great job handling the criticism respectfully.

@Johnson: that was how you guessed Ibra tho as well and he is at most a legit 194 maybe 6'4.5 guy (I'd say the former if that) as he likely was measured AM as well. In reality I'd say he's the same height as I am tops 193.9cm
Canson said on 20/Mar/17
@Nik: you enjoy it as well! We all have different opinions but that is what makes the experience what it is! You also provide great content and are a valued contributor here!
James B said on 19/Mar/17
I am the other James poster
Johnson said on 18/Mar/17
@Roronoa In the clip Iniesta is said 171... the next figures are shadowed by a noise. So I tried to figure it out. Was it 171.1? 171.3? But if you watch the video you will hear he is said 171 at least
Roronoa said on 17/Mar/17
@johnson with all due respect really bro some barca fan you are. You are calling the mugshot fake and then you say that by lip reading u got ineista height to be 171.4( i saw that on xavi's page). Lip reading seriously. I am not barca, messi or ineista hater. I m just stating some true facts here. Everyone lies abt their height by 1-2 inches. And just by looking at someone u can't guess his/her height. Even during height measurements dr. Generally upgrade ur height to next inch. I don't know whts his real height but still based upon different sources i would say messi lies within 5"5- 5"6. Ineista being 1 inch to 1/2 inch taller n xavi shorter
Roronoa said on 17/Mar/17
@johnson with all due respect really bro some barca fan you are. You are calling the mugshot fake and then you say that by lip reading u got ineista height to be 171.4( i saw that on xavi's page). Lip reading seriously. I am not barca, messi or ineista hater. I m just stating some true facts here. Everyone lies abt their height by 1-2 inches. And just by looking at someone u can't guess his/her height. Even during height measurements dr. Generally upgrade ur height to next inch. I don't know whts his real height but still based upon different sources i would say messi lies within 5"5- 5"6. Ineista being 1 inch to 1/2 inch taller n xavi shorter
Nik said on 16/Mar/17
@James @Canson

Ok. No problem, I have read what you have both said and there are no problems as far as I am concerned. Keep enjoying Celebheights!👍
Canson said on 15/Mar/17
@Ma: I meant to say that I do not think Johnson is a troll. My typing was autocorrected to both.
Johnson said on 15/Mar/17
@ma believe me I am very glad with my height, and aware of what it is. My low is 5'9. My opinions are not related with my height.
James said on 13/Mar/17
@Nik I didn't post anything with political or ideological content in the Hitler's page, it must be the other James user. I only have post ONE single comment on the Hitler's page. On that comment I post pictures to compare Hitler's height with Franco, but I don't say nothing ideological, racist or political. Canson is right there are two persons using the "James" username. The other James is less active, he doesn't write so many comments as me though.
Canson said on 13/Mar/17
@Ma: I agree with you 100%. I like Johnson and do both think he's a troll. But yes he does upgrade everyone and has bizarre reasons for his estimates.

@Nik: I agree that sometimes things can be interpreted differently. However Keep in mind that there are several James's here on this site. Now I don't think As mentioned above Johnson is a troll but he does inflate people. Now he is usually like Ma said within an inch. People who add two or more in my book are trolls and inageee with Ma. The upgrades are trolls more less than a downgrader. My reason because it's common knowledge that most heights here are inflated and overlistwd
Nik said on 11/Mar/17

I have no problem with James's opinions but he has recently wound me up with some of his comments like the one to Johnson on this page and the comment on Hitlers page. I just think he ought to tone it down a bit at times with some of the comments that he makes.
ma said on 10/Mar/17
For me a troll is someone who inflates height. If is around 1-2 cm could be ok but not more than 1 inch...
But a troll is even someone who thinks that everybody need an upgrade
@Johnson is not a troll, but I do agree on @James quote. ( he probably is a 5 ft 8 and upgrade everybody to make his 5 ft 9 claim more belivable )
Canson said on 7/Mar/17
@Nik: what is your definition of troll? And my apologies I thought you were the same Nik who discussed Kapernick's height. Sorry for that as I am apparently wrong. And I didn't say Johnson was a troll. I don't think he is. He has his opinions but is a very respectful person here so no need for me to call him one. I said he wasn't one neither is James. But if you're going to say James is why is that? Because He downgrades people? Johnson upgrades almost everyone he comments on? But that is his opinion on the people he comments on so it's fine. I think the word troll should be defined because we all have different definitions of it.
Nik said on 4/Mar/17

I have never been on the page of Tom Brady or Kapernick (has he got a page? Plus I have never heard of him) never mind making any comments about either of them. I have never been a troll on this website in any way. You say James isn't a troll, we'll all right then but he has certainly really hacked me off recently. Isi it all right for him to say that Johnson is a troll then when this is clearly not true?
Canson said on 3/Mar/17
@Nik: and you saying Tom Brady is 192 or Kapernick at 192 isn't trolling? James for sure isn't a troll. Johnson isn't a troll either he's free to express his opinion, but Johnson notoriously inflated heights and almost every one he comments on and always has an excuse for it. Go look at Ibra's page where he talks to me and says "we didn't hear the last digit or even Derrick rose
Canson said on 3/Mar/17
Sorry Johnson but the average is 5'6.4 so he's 168-169. Not 170. That unfortunately is his height it's not oh well he's this 2-3 hrs out of bed or in the morning etc
Johnson said on 26/Feb/17
@ma I actually would not mind to be measured by Rob but I am very aware of what my height is because I have been doing medicals and measured myself in the wall and I also have said which my figures are for a day! My point with footballers is not related to what my height is. It is related with their medicals. I think I have a good eye guessing heights.
ma said on 26/Feb/17
@Johnson is not a 5 ft 9 guy. He is probably a strong 5 ft 8 like Big Rob Paul.
Nik said on 24/Feb/17

Well I have read reports which say that the average Spanish man is 175 cm which is incidentally the same height as Johnson.

Also you mention about Johnson trolling but I have come across nothing to suggest this and it is you who appears more likely to be trolling.
Johnson said on 23/Feb/17
@James I provided clips and said official listings of Barcelona footballers and bring out the information I have to share. Like information I have for Jordi Alba 170.2 Iniesta 171.4 Sergi Roberto 178.9 Bravo 182.5 Cilessen 185 Bartra 183.3... and then I give personal opinions and what I think about leaked listings pics etc and also I have a section in a site where I share all this and I have posted more than 1,000 pictures man. Then I say honest opinions there, and believe me, some other users agree and disagree but there I don't have that generous reputation you label me.

What you say about my height doesn't have any sense at all. Because I am very transparent with all my measurements and don't use bust a gut, because that is to cheat. So please don't insult me when I am very honest and transparent about my height and measurements from morning to night. It is ridiculous to want Carmelo Anthony to be taller or Messi to make believable what? Haha. Common sense says it is in the other way round. If Messi is 170 cm oficially then people try to believe he is 168 cm or try to downgrade Bieber because you like to be quite taller than him...or to want Nadal to be 183 just to make him close to the height of the person

James said on 22/Feb/17
@Johnson I respect you. I respect you a lot. But stop with this trolling lol. You always upgrade everybody. Almost everybody deserves an upgrade according to you. I think you are biased and you have a conflict of interest. It seems like you want people to be listed taller to make your own height claim believable. Maybe you are a guy who add some cm on his height. You always post links to the spanish newspaper Marca. So probably you are a bit under average Spanish guy. According to scientific studies the average Spaniard is 1.76. You are 1.75 and you claim to be 1.76 or 1.77 and people don't believe you. That's why you want everybody to be taller, so you can be perceived as taller in comparison with them. Again, don't get angry with me. But I'm not the first person who notices your tendency to upgrade almost everyone which is likely due to a conflic of interest.
Johnson said on 10/Feb/17
@MessiFan I agree. According to all pics I have seen so far I think Messi is 170 cm tall, Pablo Aimar 170 cm and Saviola 169 cm tall. Xavi was measured 168.5 cm exactly. Kun Agüero is around 5'8
MessiFan said on 7/Feb/17
Too many people on this site (including the editor - though rarely) always forget to provide any reason behind their opinions. In addition to comments like "Messi is closer to a flat 5ft 6 than 5ft 7 is really small guy", maybe state why you believe so or provide some sorts of evidence to make your statement at least somewhat convincing.
trumpslave said on 2/Feb/17
Messi is closer to a flat 5ft 6 than 5ft7 is really small guy
trumpslave said on 2/Feb/17
Messi is closer to a flat 5ft 6 than 5ft7
MessiFan said on 30/Jan/17
@andre These are many clips of Barcelona players measurements online you can look up.
- Xavi was measured at 168cm and Messi is 1-2 cm taller than him.
- Iniesta was measured at 171 cm and Messi is around 1 cm shorter than him.
- Jordi Alba was measured at 170 cm and Messi is about the same as him.
- Neymar is approximately 5'8 and Messi is around 1 inch shorter than him.
This put Messi at around 169-170 cm. The 5'5 mugshot seems off. People always like to put Messi down and clown on his height, but in reality he's actually not as short as what people would like to think.
Johnson said on 26/Jan/17
@andre what mugshot? Post that pic...
andre said on 24/Jan/17
messi mugshot says him at 5ft5 what you said about that rob ?
Borats Chicken said on 14/Jan/17
rob, clicking soccer players, at the bottom I see 'Invalid Id' instead Roberts name.
Editor Rob: thanks for pointing it, was an older bit of code I hadn't changed, so it should show properly now 👍
Ken said on 8/Jan/17
Hey Rob,

I got measured at 167cm last night. I'm 26 and fit. Do I reach 169cm in morning?? Ps. Love the site.
Editor Rob: Ken, on average I'd expect you to be very close to 169 within 20 seconds of wakening up.

I would say you are a bit shy of Messi, I think he is still near 169 in the evening and might be almost 171cm out of bed himself.
Puma said on 7/Jan/17
Leo is almost 170 cm.

The best footballer ever.

Rob, is not soccer, this is football. 😊
Editor Rob: yes Puma, I call it football like most in the UK would (nobody I know ever calls it soccer), but seeing as Americans are the country that visit the site most and they call it soccer and the NFL game 'Football', I figure it is best to call them soccer players and then the nfl guys 'american footballers'.
John said on 7/Jan/17
170 cm
Canson said on 26/Dec/16
He's between 168-169. Don't know how early/late the measurement was and I will be honest enough being far away in height to tell exactly to the cm. Thus leave how he's listed
Nik said on 23/Dec/16
@Hamad @Alex

You know what, I think you could both be close to the truth. I would quote messi at nearer 5'6" than 5'7" too.
Johnson said on 22/Dec/16
What mugshot? It is a fake picture. Jordi Alba was measured 170.2 and Iniesta over 171... I saw those clips.
Hamad said on 19/Dec/16
168-169 cm
Roronoa said on 17/Dec/16
lionel messi is 165 cm. they are always 2 inches shorter than the height google or some other agency claims. if u see lionel messi mugshot its clearly mentioned 5 feet 5 inch. and its 100% true that people generally lie about their height by min of 2 inches. even i do too :P
Alex said on 15/Dec/16
Messi is 5'6
Johnson said on 8/Dec/16
Messi is 170 cm guys!!!
Peter175 said on 2/Dec/16
Neymar doesn't look near 2 inches taller than messi. 5ft8 flat for neymar and 5ft6.75 for Lionel
Johnson said on 12/Nov/16
Alexis, Pedro Rodriguez and Xavi are the same height, 168 cm
Johnson said on 9/Nov/16
@James Iniesta is measured over 171 cm in a clip video.
Alex said on 7/Nov/16
He is very short I think his height is 5'6.25in
Anoka said on 4/Nov/16
I like how @Rob's listing is different from google and is genuinely true apart from other site's I trust this website 99%
Michelle Oursler said on 29/Oct/16
James said on 28/Oct/16
Well, a little bit off topic but I'm gonna post here.

Messi isn't that height because of his childhood condition, but because it's in his genes. Look up pictures with his family. His dad is roughly the same height as him(or shorter sometimes)and his 2 brothers are in the 5ft5-5ft6 range. He's the tallest out of all. If he wouldn't have been treated with injections, his adult height would be like 4ft11 which can be described as hobbit(in legal terms). With that treatment, Messi just reached his max potential. That's genetics guys.

Besides, how is 169cm abnormally short? It's roughly 2 inches below average if you wanna use imperial system. Yes, because usually you round any 0.5 inch to a full inch so it's 5ft6.5 to 5ft7.
It's a fairly common height and you can see a bunch of guys that height walking the street. Abnormally short would be 5ft3(160cm) or below, that is extremly rare anywhere except some Asian countries.
Also, since we're here... I find it weird that Suarez's page has more votes than Messi's page in just a couple of days. Guess people aren't really interested in Messi's height. What do you think Rob? Any chance he might go for 168cm? That would mean his ex-teammate Xavi is likely 167cm and Iniesta is 170cm.
imnotgonnaanswermyheighttill18 said on 28/Oct/16
Rob, what's your guess on Alexis Sanchez? 5'6.5"?
Editor Rob: it might be a decent shout for him.
andre said on 26/Oct/16
I suggest you to see cristiano ronaldo with messi picture in google and see he looks like 5ft5 barefoot
Johnson said on 22/Oct/16
@James the pic with Totti is bad angle. I would bet for Messi 170.0 in medicals. Jordi Alba was measured 170.2 this year. Messi is 170
James B said on 21/Oct/16
Rob i am only slightly taller and look very similar to Messi.

If I am short and have a resemblence to Messi does that mean I need to work on my personality?
Editor Rob:

Personality counts for a lot. We all should strive to be better, help others, be more positive. Sure, we stumble and fall at times, but if you work at it and sometimes think about the bigger picture, your personality might naturally adjust.
John said on 19/Oct/16
In Barcelona page it says 170 cm.
James said on 18/Oct/16
With 180cm(5'11" Francesco Totti
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There seems to be a bigger difference between them. Leo looks 5'6" at best here. What do you think, Rob?
KH said on 8/Oct/16
He has a short mans body. About 5'6 I would say.
eee said on 3/Oct/16
messy hair makes for a messy lion
MS said on 25/Sep/16
Messi 169 cm seems accurate
Mande2013 said on 21/Sep/16
Sure. I just found it interesting that the average white American girl is still a whisker under 5'5 rather than a comfortable 5'5 according to that link. Average height of young French women is about the same for what it's worth, a whisker under 5'5.
James said on 17/Sep/16
@It depends on the country I guess. According to the studies listed by Wikipedia, American white girls are on average 5' 5'', but average Irish, Spanish and Italian girls are only 5' 4".
mande2013 said on 17/Sep/16
But one thing to keep in mind. 50th percentile may imply median but not necessarily mean.
mande2013 said on 17/Sep/16
@James So fully-grown white females still don't quite reach a full 5'5. Interesting.
James said on 8/Sep/16
@Rollo Tomassi The average young white American is 178 cm. And not all North Europeans are so tall, look at English people.

English average young men are 178 cm on average:
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And young white Americans are 178 cm on average:
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Check this fascinating Wikipedia article on average height by country:
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Ben said on 5/Sep/16
It's funny when people say he took HGH to grow taller as if that turned him into a talented footballer. Watch videos of him when he was young and you would see that he had the talent.

He didn't use growth hormones to grow taller, but to maximize his genetical peak. Without that he would've been like 4'11" or shorter since he was diagnosed with growth hormone defficiency. Look up pics with his brothers, and his dad. They're all in the 5'5"-5'7" range, so that's his family background.

Arguably the GOAT, I don't even support his team but I enjoy watching their games because of the way he plays.
Rollo Tomasi said on 5/Sep/16
169 isn't abnormaly short. It's just as common as 191 cm if the average height is 180 cm (which it is in northern Europe and among the white population in USA etc.)
Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 5/Sep/16
"Lionel Messi's Height is 5ft 6.25in (168.3cm)"
Canson said on 14/Aug/16
168-169 range
James said on 9/Aug/16
@james B "adversity to become arguably the best player in the world". I doubt it. Messi hasn't scored any goal in this year pre-season. Today Cristiano is better than Messi. And Bale. Most importanly, both of them are taller than him.
James B said on 8/Aug/16
This guy has achieved SO MUCH in his life so far and yet it fustrates me when I see spiteful comments on the Internet about his height.

The poor guy can't help his height because of his childhood hormonal problems and despite that has overcome adversity to become arguably the best player in the world . Although I guess perhaps bleaching his hair blonde and getting loads of tattoos he is just begging for people to take the piss like he is trying be David Beckham or something.

I am not a fan of soccer but just think that Messi doesn't deserve flack for his stature.
James said on 27/Jul/16
@Johno Cristiano, Bale, Zidane, Henry, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ibrahimovic seem to disagree with you :)
height man said on 27/Jul/16
Pelé was 5'8 this is no near short, Johno
Mm said on 18/Jul/16
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Interesting picture, Rob
MD said on 9/Jul/16
@Aaron Zamora,

Post the picture for us. Thanks.
Aaron Zamora said on 6/Jul/16
They arrested Leonel and it says 5'5 on the board that he is holding
Johno said on 3/Jul/16
The best ever footballers are usually short, due to the low centre of gravity, small strides and turning angles and thus control, they make good footballers. Pele, Maradonna and Messi being prime examples.
joe### said on 1/Jun/16
looks 168cm and 169 cm
6'3.5 said on 30/May/16
I think he and BIG G are exactly the same height
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
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
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 5ft 8 and im at least 3 inch taller on 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 Agüero 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
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, 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
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 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!

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