Top 10 tallest football players in the world

In football, having long legs is a wonderful gift for any player. With outstanding height, they can take advantage of tackling or heading the ball. Below is the list of current tallest footballers in the world ranked from low to high. The top 10 recommendations below have been compiled from a variety of sources, mainly through the football online website or 918kiss. In the future, this list will surely change with some new names. But for the moment, let’s see who they are and what their accomplishments are.

  10. Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 1.99m


Thibaut Nicolas is a Belgian professional footballer playing for the Real Madrid Spanish club and the Belgian national team. He is one of the talented goalkeepers in the world.

He was described as an outstanding shot-stopper with fantastic positioning, great composure, a strong command of his area and an incredible reach. Standing at 1.99 m (6’6″), he is really confident when dealing with crosses and excels in the air, but he is often led down by his height as it becomes difficult for him to get down to the ground fast.

Courtois played senior football with Racing Genk, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.

During his time with Atletico Madrid, he became a world-class goalie, earning big silverware and was very highly regarded.

9. Kalidou Sidibé (M) – 2.00m 

Kalidou Sidibé (born 28 January 1999) is a French professional footballer playing as a Midfielder for the Toulouse FC French club. Born in France, Sidibé is a Malian descendant.

Sidibé was a talented player with different clubs in Paris before transferring to FC Toulouse in 2017. He made his professional debut with Toulouse at the Coupe de la Ligue 1-0 defeat to FC Lorient on 31 October 2018.

8. Lovre Kalinic (GK) – 2.01m


Croatia International Lovre Kalinic transferred from the Belgian side Gent to Villa Park in January 2019. The 2.01m (6’7”) goalkeeper made his club debut at the FA Cup tie against Swansea City shortly after the signing ceremony.

On the international level, Kalinic was a member of the Croatian squads for the EURO 2016 and 2018 World Cups. He made his World Cup debut in a group stage match against Iceland before his country reached the final. Kalinic is currently playing at the French side Toulouse on loan.

7. Matt Macey (GK) – 2.02m


The 2.02m (6’7”) goalkeeper of Arsenal played twice for the team last season, maintaining a clean sheet on an impressive debut against the Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.

He also appeared in the Carabao Cup victory over Norwich City at the Emirate Stadium. Earlier, Matt was on loan with Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers and spent the second half of 2016/17 with Luton Town, where he kept four clean sheets in 11 appearances. 

6. Costel Pantilimon (GK) – 2.03m


Costel Fane Pantilimon, born 1 February 1987, is a Romanian professional goalkeeper for Denizlispor in the Süper Lig and the Romanian national team.

He started his career at Politehnica Timisoara, becoming their priority goalie. In 2011, he signed with Manchester City, initially on loan, as a back-up for Joe Hart. Pantilimon was the first choice for City to win the 2013–14 League Cup.

He then continued in the Premier League with Sunderland, spending one-and-a-half seasons there before transferring to Watford in 2016. Pantilimon has been a full international player for Romania since 2008 and has been picked for the 2016 UEFA Euro.

5. Idé Colubali (CF) – 2.04m


Idelino Gomes Colubali, known as Idé Gomes or Idé Colubali (born 1 January 1995), is a Bissau-Guinean footballer who plays as a forward for KF Teuta Durrès.

Colubali made a career debut with Boavista on 5 December 2015 in the 2014–15 Primeira Liga match against Paços Ferreira.

In August 2019, he joined the Gibraltar National Team, Lincoln Red Imps, then moved to Teuta Durres, an Albanian club, in January 2020.

4. Emeka Umeh (CF) – 2.05m 


Emeka Umeh born October 24, 1999 in Sabo, Nigeria is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for AS Trenčín in the Fortuna League. He is a centre forward., Umeh began playing soccer at a young age, with Zico FC, a youth team in Kaduna State.

Umeh joined the Slovak side AS Trenčín in July 2018. He scored his first goal in the Fortuna League against AS Trenčín against ŠKF Sered.

3. Tomas Holy (GK) – 2.06m


Tomáš Holý, born on 10 December 1991, is a Czech professional footballer who plays Ipswich Town as a goalie.

Tomas joined Ipswich Town FC in May 2019 after a two-and-a-half-year loan with Gillingham. He made 52 appearances in the 2018/19 season, giving 15 sheets clean. The talented goalkeeper represented the Czech Republic at U16, U17 and U18 levels.

He made his club debut on 3 August 2019, maintaining a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium.

2. Jacob Samnik (GK) – 2.07m 


This American goalkeeper is a player of the Kalonji Soccer Academy in Georgia, where he was given a two-year deal by Politehnica.

As well as being a respectable young goalie, Samnik is also noteworthy for standing at a height of 2.07m — about 6’8”, an inch taller than Peter Crouch.

1. Kristof Van Hout (GK) – 2.08m


This lanky goalkeeper holds his 1st position for many years now. He started his career in the Netherlands at Willem II, the former club of Jaap Stam, before moving to PSV.

Over his three years of disappointing stay at Willem, he managed to move to Standard Liege, one of the most successful clubs in Belgium.

He did not make much of an impression at Standard Liege and was moved back to K.V. Kortrijk spent the whole season in 2011 as their first-choice goalkeeper. As of 2012, he’s playing for K.R.C. Genk.There are many opinions that tall players are often not agile. To prove that height is an advantage or weakness, watch them play on the pitch. Check out for more football players news. How many of them do you know? New players are joining the professional football career every day. There would probably be new tall players that make it to the top 10, if you recognize anyone new, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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