Top five: Diminutive playmakers (1)

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In recent decades, the more traditional football styles and systems that once characterised the game seem to have increasingly fallen by the wayside. 

Whereas in previous years many clubs may have favoured a traditionally robust 4-4-2 variation often spearheaded by a sizeable and uncompromising target man, in the modern era several managers seem to have developed an admirable preference for far more fluid and interchangeable formations that are implemented with the intention of securing vast quantities of possession.

As such formations have slowly risen to prominence, so to have a number of talented but vertically-challenged attacking players. Often outwitting defenders with creative nous, guile and a menacingly low centre of gravity, such players arguably now constitute the lifeblood of the game.

Here, GMS lists five of the most-talented diminutive playmakers. Feel free to comment on our choices and leave your own suggestions below.

Additionally, please be aware that this author's definition of 'diminutive' is anyone who just falls under the category of 5"8'...

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