There was a time, not that long ago, when clubs and countries favoured physically imposing footballers.

Many of the so-called shorter footballers were turned away before having the chance to turn professional on account of their smaller statures.

But fortunately things have advanced since then - and no club would now reject a promising youngster on account of their size, thanks largely to the success of many small players over the years, including the ten stars who feature on this list.

In fact, many of the world's very best footballers of this current generation are players most would put into the 'small' category.

This list features the ten best stars in world football who are 5ft 8in or smaller.

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