Which goalkeepers are giants of the box, and who relies more on spring and power?
Height is a polarising topic in goalkeeping. Young goalkeepers are often still hindered at academy level for not meeting growth pathways at young ages. ‘Good feet for a big lad’ continues to be a phrase thrown at many taller ballplaying shot-stoppers, who can be unfairly stereotyped as ‘traditional goalkeepers’.
It's undoubted that added height, to an extent, can aid a goalkeeper. Height factors into presence around the box, a natural advantage in reach, and even an added self-confidence over physical ability as goalkeepers work their way through the age groups.
Naturally, a lack of height in all of the aforementioned areas can be compensated for. Some of the greatest goalkeepers of all time have been much smaller than a Thibaut Courtois or Peter Schmeichel. Indeed, Iker Casillas stood around six feet tall; Dino Zoff likewise. Chelsea legend Peter Bonetti was around 5'9 in stature. Fabian Barthez, 5'11.
But who stands tallest and shortest in the current top global leagues?