HEAVIEST PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER STEALS SHOW
Adebayo Akinfenwa stole the show after Wycombe Wanderers sealed promotion to the Championship
The Chairboys defeated Oxford United in the League One playoff final at Wembley Stadium to reach the second tier of English football for the first time in their history. It was a special day for the club and nobody appeared to enjoy it more than Akinfenwa.
The 38-year-old couldn’t hide his excitement and the result was one of the best post-match interviews of all time.
“Four years ago I stood in front of you and I was technically unemployed,” Akinfenwa told the interviewer, as he took a break from the hysterics to deliver a poignant line.
Akinfenwa was born in Islington, North London and is of Nigerian descent. His father is a Muslim and his mother is a Christian, and while Akinfenwa observed Ramadan as a child, he is now a Christian. He is a close friend of Clarke Carlisle, his former teammate at Northampton Town. As a child, he supported Liverpool and his favourite player was John Barnes.
Akinfenwa has become well known for being ranked as the strongest footballer in the world in various editions of the FIFA videogame series. In September 2014 he was invited to attend the launch party for FIFA 15 alongside various celebrities and Premier League players, including Rio Ferdinand, George Groves and Lethal Bizzle. Akinfenwa reportedly weighs around 16 stone (101 kg) and can bench press 200 kg, almost double his own body weight. He runs a clothing label called Beast Mode On which plays on his strong man reputation
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