January 7, 2015
Nigerian-born Footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa has been named the ‘Strongest Footballer in the World’ by FIFA 15 computer game.
He captured attention on yesterday night Monday January 5th when he scored an unlikely equaliser against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round. But who is the man they call “The Beast”? Here are 10 things you may not know about the 32-year-old AFC Wimbledon striker.
He weighs 16 stone
Akinfenwa is 5ft 11in but he weighs in at a mighty 16 stone, or 102kg. That’s a BMI of 31.3 or around the same body weight as England rugby hooker Tom Youngs.
He says he has always been a “naturally big guy”, and has even struggled to get football teams to take him seriously.
“People said I’m too big to play football,” he said. “One hundred goals later, I’m not. There are no limitations to what you want to do.”
He can bench-press 180kg
Or 396 pounds, if you prefer. That’s three times the body-weight of his team-mate, midfielder Sammy Moore.
Such is his passion for lifting heavy weights, he admits that previous managers have had to “rein him in” to stop him spending too long in the gym.
Akinfenwa’s strength has been recognised by the Fifa series of video games, which have deemed him the strongest footballer in the world, with a strength rating of 97 out of 100.
He suffered racism in Lithuania
Akinfenwa’s first professional club was FK Atlantas in Lithuania – but his time in the Baltic was not a happy one.
He received racist chants from home supporters. “Coming from London, where nobody would disrespect me, this was just brazen,” he said.
Many players would have packed their bags, but Akinfenwa was resolute. “There ain’t nobody going to run me out of nowhere,” he said.
He created ‘Beast Mode’
Akinfenwa’s brawny physique has earned him the nickname ‘The Beast’, but to the hulking frontman, it’s more than just an epithet.
“Beast Mode On is a state of mind,” he explained. “Beast Mode is about applying yourself and defying the limitations people put on you.”
When he’s not terrorising League Two centre-backs, Akinfenwa also finds time to run a clothing line bearing the ‘Beast Mode’ name.
He gets mistaken for NFL players
Akinfenwa is often recognised as a footballer. Just not always as the right sort of footballer.
The striker admits he was once pulled over by a policeman who mistook him for a player in America’s NFL.
Akinfenwa was happy to set the errant copper straight, telling him: “I play proper football.”
He’s a committed Christian
Akinfenwa was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother.
“When Ramadan was on dad made us fast and then I had to read the Bible every day and go to church,” he said.
It was his mother’s faith that he was drawn to and he now reads the Bible daily and attends church every Sunday.
Source: BBC Sports