Top 3 Short Centre-Backs In Modern Football
In football, there are many different attributes that help decide where a player's best position is. For a striker, shooting is the most important attribute, while for a centre-back, it's strength and being taller than six foot. However, there have been centre-backs who have won the game’s biggest prizes despite being smaller than 6ft. Javier Mascherano, Height: 5'8" Mascherano started off his career as a defensive midfielder but made the centre-back position his own at Barcelona. The Argentine defender won 19 titles at Barcelona, including five LaLiga trophies and the UEFA Champions League twice. Fabio Cannavaro, Height: 5'9" Cannavaro is considered the best defender of his generation despite only being 5ft 9. The Italian captained Italy to the 2006 World Cup and won the Ballon d'Or award, a rare feat for a defender. Carles Puyol, Height: 5'10" The former Barcelona and Spain defender is regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time despite his size. Puyol spent his entire career at Barcelona, winning 20 titles with the club, including three Champions Leagues. He also won back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and he also lifted the World Cup in 2010.