Sex tape scandal French star features in one of the weirdest football photos ever 6 years ago

Sex tape scandal French star features in one of the weirdest football photos ever

Mathieu Valbuena - the player Karim Benzema allegedly blackmailed over a sex tape - is not a tall man. He stands at a pocket-sized 5ft 5.

He is diminutive, but not outrageously so. There are plenty of footballers out there who are in the same ball park. However, Valbuena has a habit of looking far shorter on the pitch...

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Perhaps it is his hunched demeanour or maybe he's just not a friend to the camera, but he often resembles a borrower in mid-game snaps.

Never more so than when France played Belgium in 2013. The playmaker was photographed next to Marouane Fellaini and Vincent Kompany - both 6ft 4 - and image makes him look about 3ft tall...

It's a trick of perspective of course. Frenchman happens to be leaning back whilst playing a pass, which distorts his stature compared to the giants around him.

It's a little bit like the images below of a gangly Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6ft 4) making Bastian Schweinsteiger (6ft) look like a bit of a midget...

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Or Messi in the Champions League final in 2009, resembling a young child who has been allowed to play with the adults...

And of course Per Mertesacker (6ft 6) is always good for a laugh when standing next to mere mortals...

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But no one can quite compare to Valbuena, who is the king of comedy snaps. It very much looks like Fifa were taking the p*ss when they allocated a suspiciously tall mascot to him for France's game with Germany in 2014...

To his credit, the Lyon midfielder didn't seem to mind. A similar situation occurred with Wesley Sneijder (5ft 6), and he wasn't having any of it...

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