La Liga: Short footballers XI
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta & Xavi might be diminutive, but they are still among the very best in Spain
Barcelona and Spain have proven emphatically that size doesn't matter on the pitch.
Here is a team of players either six feet tall or small that currently play in La Liga, arguably the most technically gifted league.
Goalkeeper: Victor Valdes | Barcelona | Height: 6ft
Valdes isn't a short man, but you will do well to find a goalkeeper under the 6ft mark currently playing in La Liga. The Barcelona star is one of the best shot-stoppers in the league.
Right-back: Dani Alves| Barcelona | Height: 5ft 7in
The classic modern day full-back who is able to defend solidly and supplement the attack by bombing forward and delivering inch-perfect balls.
Centre-back: Carles Puyol | Barcelona | Height: 5ft 10in
For more than a decade the Barcelona captain has shown more heart and determination than just about any other player to compensate for his lack of size. His expert technique in the tackle and powerful build makes him a rock at the back.
Centre-back: Ricardo Carvalho | Real Madrid | Height: 5ft 11in
The former Chelsea star utilises a remarkable leaping capacity, pace and excellent anticipation to make up for his lack of height. He was easily one of the finest defenders of the last decade.
Left-back: Jordi Alba | Barcelona | Height: 5ft 7in
The Spain international has been a smashing success at the Nou Camp as he has scored goals and prevented them with consummate ease in becoming one of the premier left-backs in the world.
Centre-midfield: Xavi | Barcelona | Height: 5ft 7in
The man who epitomises Barcelona and Spain like no other, the midfield maestro is the perfect man to direct traffic in midfield.
Centre-midfield: Cesc Fabregas | Barcelona | Height: 5ft 9in
The former Arsenal captain has been scoring more since his move to Barcelona as his game is becoming more and more complete at the Nou Camp.
Centre-midfield: Andres Iniesta | Barcelona | Height: 5ft 7in
If you need a man to make the perfect pass or waltz through a wall of players, look no further than the magical Iniesta. He makes the beautiful game look so easy.
Right-wing: Lionel Messi | Barcelona | Height: 5ft 7in
It does not matter where he plays he will score, he will assist and he will destroy whoever stands in his way. Its a cliche now, but there are simply no more superlatives to describe this record-breaking man.
Left-wing: Angel di Maria | Real Madrid | Height: 5ft 11in
The Real Madrid speedster has been a sensational addition since his move from Benfica in 2010. Utilising pace, trickery and the ability to score some spectacular goals, the Argentine is one of the premier wide men in world football.
Striker: Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid | Height: 5ft 10in
The Colombian hitman has been one of the world's most lethal strikers in recent seasons, with his exploits for club and country attracting the interests of Europe's biggest clubs.
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