Lanky, rangy, tall. No matter how you term it, to most of us, being a large footballer might seem like a disadvantage upon first glance, what with a stereotypical lack of mobility, lack of pace and ultimately a lack of flair and skill representing just some of the downsides of being a big guy.
But try telling that to Liverpool‘s sturdy captain of old Sami Hyypia, unpredictable, yet sensational on his day – ex-Arsenal man Nwankwo Kanu or perhaps ex-Tottenham man Peter Crouch – now at Stoke City who continues to baffle spectators with his immaculate touch, despite his massive 6 ft 7 in frame.
While these guys may have been quite the domineering presence in their rather youthful academy days (and might have threw their weight around!), they would have been reminded by coaches and mentors that size isn’t everything and as the technical side of football has become even more important in the modern-day game, it’s credit to these guys that they adapted their style to succeed in a changing environment.
So this one’s for the large guys; those who may look a little humorous when attempting an overhead bicycle kick given their sheer dimension! Join LittleNLarge.com in this celebration of the six foot something’s as we countdown the top 10 most successful ‘large’ footballers of all-time.
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