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Topic - why are the best footballers so short..?

no_more_scotch_eggs - on 11 Dec 2012
The messi thread got me thinking: if you take a list of great footballers, they wouldn't exactly be pushing for inclusion in a basketball team

Maradona, puskas, pele, gerd muller, jimmy Johnson, George best, romario, xavi, iniesta and messi are all the short side of 5'9"

Presumably its to do with a low centre of gravity allowing rapid shifts in direction and close control

Does the British tendency to focus on physical attributes like height and strength put us at a disadvantage in international competitions? Leading to our lumbering trolls in defence having rings run round them...?

(Especially in Scotland, where we aren't exactly a nation of giants...)

Cheers

Gregor
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