“Tallest Soccer Players” sounds a bit unusual? While it is commonly understood that Basketball players are naturally tall because the height can be a great advantage in the sport, the game of Soccer isn’t met with the same requisites and often some of the best players in the history of the game, and even the leading contemporary players, are often shorter than six foot. You may take the examples of Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Pele, Neymar or Eden Hazard. In fact, the average height of a soccer player is just 5 foot 9 inches. This actually acts as an advantage for the attacking players because the lower height gives them a lower centre of gravity, thus providing better control and agility.

The requisites for the goalkeepers and those on the defense is different, with famous goalkeepers generally being quite tall. However, this list has been compiled from some of the tallest Soccer players ever, going well beyond 6 feet, and those who have played Professional football in the premier Leagues and International Soccer.

10 Tallest Soccer Players In The World

Here is the list of soccer players who has played some respectable level of soccer but of course are chosen on the basis of height and not on their success in the soccer field . Presenting the tallest 10 Soccer players in the world.

#10. Costel Pantilimon-6 foot 8 inches tall

Costel Pantilimon

The former Manchester City and present Sunderland Goalkeeper of Romanian origin, born on 1st February 1987. He is 6 foot 8 inches tall, which makes him just about tall enough to be able to simply reach up and grab the crossbar. He began his career at Politehnica Timișoara, as their first goalkeeper. He has been a complete international for Romania since 2008.

Romania is known for its abundance of tall players like NBA star Gheorghe Muresan and the late Gogea Mitu. While Costel Pantillmon isn’t tall as those two — each over 7 feet — he is still tall enough to be one of the tallest Soccer players.

#9.  Lacina Traore- foot 8 inch tall

Lacina Traore

Another 6 foot 8 inches, born on 20th August 1990, this Monaco striker is only 26 years of age and is a striker for PFC CSKA Moscow. His height has even given him a nickname “Gentle Giant”. Traoré began his career with Jean-Marc Guillou‘s football school ASEC Mimosas

Formerly he’s been a part of clubs like Anahi and Cluj. With these latter two, he won the Romanian Title. The trader has scored 4 goals and has a total of 8 caps for the Ivory Coast.

#8.  Jason Mooney-6 foot 8 inches tall

Jason Mooney

A 6 foot 8 inches tall Northern Irish Goalkeeper, born on 26th February 1989.  He started his career in soccer with Ards‘s youth system, with whom he won the Youth League Cup in April 2008. He has spent a considerable portion of his career in the lower leagues such as York City, Wycombe Wanderers, and Tranmere Rovers. He is one of the tallest Soccer players in all of Britain. Check here for more details.

He was released as a goalkeeper by Accrington Stanley recently but currently plays as the #1 goalkeeper for Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership.

#7.  Yang Changpeng-6 foot and 8 inches tall

Yang Changpeng

Born on May 1st, 1989. Hailing from Wuhan, China, Changpeng was dubbed by the British Press as “China’s Peter Crouch”. This was back in 2006 when he had his trials at the Bolton Wanderers.

He is tallest player in Asia at 6 foot and 8 inches, and although he was only 17 when he had his trials his move didn’t work out, and he currently plays for the Forward position in the Chinese League Two for Yinchuan Helanshan.

#6.  Tor Hogne Aaroy-6 foot 8 inches tall

Tor Hogne Aaroy

In EA Sports’ Fifa 15 he is known as the tallest professional football player in the world with a height of 6 foot and 8 inches. Born on 20th  March 1977. He hails from Norway, which is the country with the highest average height in the world.

He is currently Norway’s Forward football player. Back in 2009 when he was called up to the National Team as part of coach Egil Olsen’s first squad, he refused, preferring to stay at home to take care of his second child who had just been born.

#5.  Tony Brogaard-6 foot 9 inches tall

tonny-brogaard

Another Scandinavian on the list, he is a Danish player, born on 10th February 1984, who has hardly ever been a starter for any of the clubs he’s played for. He even had a brief moment with the Doncaster Rovers of England but nothing stuck and he was back in Denmark.

At 6 foot 9 he is lovingly called the “Gentle Giant of Denmark.” His last play was as a goalkeeper for Boldklubben Frem in the Danish 1st Division.

#4.  Daniel Muller-6 foot 9 inches tall

Daniel Muller

While this 6 foot 9 inch German Goalkeeper had stints with the Bayern Munich, he never made a first team appearance. He failed to make the first team at Augsburg as well, and is currently playing with the lesser known Bavarian Team SV.

Born in Munich on 19th May 1992, his career -profile never had any remarkable achievements and its no wonder you haven’t heard of him.

#3.  Vanja Ivesa-6 foot 9 inches tall

Vanja Ivesa

This 6 foot 9 inches Croatian footballer is the current #12 goalkeeper for the NK Istra 1961. Hi is born on 21st July 1977 in Pula.

At the age of 39, he has now been in the Soccer world for over 2 decades, having spent most of those years in Croatia itself, with brief stints at Turkey and Australia. Altogether this goalkeeper has made around 121 appearances so far.

#2.  Paul Millar- 6 foot 10 inches tall

Paul Millar

At 6 feet and 10 inches, he is widely known to be the tallest outfield player, certainly the tallest soccer player in Britain. While he never came up the ranks of a formal academy he was selected to play for the Royal Air Force team and was eventually invited to play for the Scottish Elgin City Football Club.

His career was a late bloomer, and he scored 15 goals in 66 games before being inflicted a bad injury, potentially ending his brief career as a pro footballer.

#1.  Kristof Van Hout – 6 foot 10 inches tall

Kristof Van Hout

Officially hailed at the tallest football player in the world with a height of 6 foot and 10 inches, he is just about a centimeter taller than Millar. He is a Belgian player and his biggest club so far has been the Belgian giants Standard Liege. He was born on 9th February 1987 in Lommel

He is currently a player for Westerlo in the Belgian Pro League. His only trophy to date as a football player has been the Belgian Cup which he won back in 2013, with Genk.

That is it for the 10 tallest soccer players in the world. Ain’t it amazing that they’re taller than some basketball superstars? Yep, soccer has got it’s heights!