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.
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