This Brazilian football legend stands at a height of 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in). Despite his comparatively short stature, Pelé went on to become one of the greatest players of all time.
Diego Maradona's small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in) helped him maneuver better than his taller counterparts. Many believe that his short stature helped him become one of the greatest footballers ever.
3. Jesse Owens
This four-time Olympic gold medalist is considered one of the greatest athletes in track and field history. He achieved incredible feats despite standing at a height of 5 ft 11 in (180 cm).
4. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is not tall for a footballer; he stands at a height of 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in). Despite his height, he went on to become one of the greatest players of all time.
5. Bruce Lee
Regarded by many as the most influential martial artist of all time, Bruce Lee continues to influence modern combat sports, such as mixed martial arts, boxing, judo, and karate. This man of great stature stood at a height of 1.72 m.