Top Five Tallest Footballers In the World 2023

Unlike other sports such as Basketball and Volleyball, height is not a determining factor for one to succeed in football. The average height of a footballer is 5 feet 9 inches.

Some of world’s best players like Diego Maradona, Pele, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard and N’golo Kante are all under 6 feet. There also those who oppose that trend such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski all who are above 6 feet.

In football, attacking players are usually the shortest with the Goalkeepers and central defenders the tallest, an attribute that is important for Ariel duels.
This list strictly focuses on tallest players in professional football.

5. Costel Pantillmon (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)

Costel Pantillmon

Pantilimon previously played for Manchester city and Sunderland. He now plies his trade with Cyprus club AC Omonia.

4. Lacina Traore (Height: 2.03 m – 6 ft 8 in)

Lacina Traore

The Ivorian currently play’s for Belgian club CF Cluj. He previously played for Everton, Monaco and CSKA Moscow. The 30 year old has earned a nickname “The Big Tree” due to his height.

3. Yang Changpeng (Height: 2.05 m – 6 ft 8 1⁄2 in)

Yang Changpeng

Yang Changpeng is officially recognized as the tallest Asian footballer. He plays for Chinese super league side Henan Jianye.

In 2006 English club Bolton Wanderers invited him to a one-month trial at England where he was dubbed ‘China’s Peter Crouch’ by the British media due to his extremely tall stature

2. Tomas Holy (Height: 2.06 m – 6 ft 9 in)

Tomas Holy

Standing tall at an impressive six-foot-nine-inches, Tomas Holy is the tallest player in England’s League one where he is signed with Ipswich Town FC.

The Czech national transferred from Gillingham to Ipswich in 2019 where he is their first choice goalkeeper.

1. Kristof Van Hout Height: 2.08 m – 6 ft 10 in)

The 31 year old goalkeeper is world’s tallest footballer measuring a whooping 6 feet and 10 inches.

He has played for prominent clubs such as Netherlands Willem II, PSV and Standard Liege. His current club is Belgian pro league’s Westerlo.

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