Yes! We have read many times about the world's tallest and Shortest person in this world, but do you know who is the tallest and smallest sportsman in this world. So today I am here to tell you.
Muhammad Irfan, a Pakistani left-arm fast bowler is the tallest cricketer of all time till date. He stands 7ft-1inch tall and took 78 wickets in 57 ODIs and 10 wickets in 4 Tests.
The Shortest cricketer ever to play in the international Test, as well as T20 cricket, is Cornelius Francois Kruger van Wyk. Wyk stands 3 feet 9 inches. The wicketkeeper and right-handed batsman contributed a total of 341 runs in 9 tests and scored a total of 877 runs in 80 T20 matches.
The 26-year-old Kristof van Hout is the tallest goalkeeper on the planet, measuring up to a monstrous 6ft 10 inches. He began his career in the Netherlands at Willem II, the former club of Jaap Stam before he moved to PSV. During his three-year stay at Willem, Kristof didn’t make a single senior appearance and was loaded off to Belgium to play for K.V. Kortrijk. He then secured a move to Standard Liege, one of the most successful clubs in Belgium.
He didn’t make much of an impact at Standard Liege and was transferred back to K.V. Kortrijk in 2011 where he spent an entire season as their first choice Goalkeeper. As of 2012, he plays for K.R.C Genk. At 6ft 10in, I bet he doesn’t even have to jump to catch the incoming corners.
The shortest footballer on the planet at 1.54m, Elton Gomes is a Brazilian who plays as an attacking midfielder for Saudi club Al-Fateh. Elton was signed by Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti in 2007. His strong performances led to the fans voting him in the best side of the decade.
Tallest Ice Hockey Player:
Standing 2.04 m (6 ft 9 in) tall, defenceman Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) of the Boston Bruins (USA) is the tallest player in Ice hockey.
Shortest Ice Hockey Player:
Roy "Shrimp" Worters is officially the shortest player to ever play in the NHL. At just 5’3, he was able to play twelve seasons in the National Hockey League recording 66 shutouts in his career.
Tallest Tennis Player:
6 feet 11 inches tall, Karlovic is the tallest player on the ATP tour, a mark he holds jointly with Reilly Opelka. The Croatian is known for his super-fast serve and enjoys playing the serve-and-volley game. It goes without saying that his height adds to his serving advantage.
Shortest Tennis Player:
4 feet 9 inches, C.G Hoahing is comfortably the shortest player in tennis history. She was a British player from the 1930s and appeared at the 1949 Wimbledon Championships where she beat Gertrude Morgan of the USA to proceed.
Gogea, the tallest Romanian in history was known as the ‘Goliath of Romania’. He weighed 320lbs (145kg) and is till date the tallest boxer that ever lived. His career was cut short early due to his medical condition of Gigantism. This was the cause of his unusually tall stature but his original cause of death was tuberculosis. Gogea died just a month before his 22nd birthday.
Jacob Matlala was a South African boxer and is most known for being the shortest champion in boxing history. His success story is pretty strange since he stands at 4’10” and plays amazingly against opponents that tower over him. Despite his stature, Baby Jake ended his career with four world championships. We are sure that in all of his 53 wins, his opponent was taller than him yet it did nothing to hinder him.
Similar to monstrous wrestlers such as Giant Silva and The Great Khali, the one positive thing the late Giant Gonzalez had going for himself was immense size - Gonzalez stood at an astonishing 7 ft 7 inches thus making him the tallest Superstar in the company's history. As such, it wasn't surprising that Vince McMahon attempted to push the hulking giant to the top of the card and billed him as an 8-footer, but unfortunately, it was proven within short order that Gonzalez was beyond limited in the ring.
It should really come as no shock or surprise that the sneaky Hornswoggle ranks in as the shortest of all-time. Slithering under the ring and coming out to help Finlay at opportune times, Hornswoggle definitely paved a nice little niche for himself in WWE.
Tallest Basketball Player:
Gheorghe Muresan is a Romanian retired professional basketball player. At 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m), he is the tallest player ever to have played in the NBA.
Shortest Basketball Player:
Tyrone ‘Muggsy’ Bogues got his nickname from neighborhood players when he was growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. He was so good at defense that they claimed he was ‘mugging’ them at 5’3. Bogues is the shortest player in the history of the NBA. He’s had to prove himself every single day and show the world that he can stand next to giants as an equal