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Adebayo Akinfenwa explains why he doesn’t do step-overs.

Adebayo Akinfenwa explains why he doesn’t do step-overs

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Adebayo Akinfenwa is hugely popular thanks largely to EA Sports’ successful video game franchise FIFA.

The 33-year-old lower-league journeyman, who currently plies his trade for AFC Wimbledon, is the strongest player on the game - hence his nickname: ‘The Beast’.

Unless you’re a supporter of a lower-league club, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen Akinfenwa play too many times in real life - but you’ve probably already got a decent idea about what he brings to the table during matches.

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Akinfenwa, who weighs around 16 stone and can bench press 200 kg, is brilliant at holding the ball up and getting those little flick-ons for his quicker teammates.

You won’t often see him performing fancy tricks - such as a Cruyff turn or a step-over - during matches. However, according to the man himself, there’s a reason why he doesn’t try to do step-overs.

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Speaking to Copa90 while playing FIFA, naturally, Akinfenwa explained that the size of his thighs makes it difficult to lift them up and down in quick succession without getting knackered.

“When you’ve got thighs like me, and that, it’s kinda hard to lift it up sometimes,” Akinfenwa commented. “I’m going give you a real exclusive, that’s why I don’t do step-overs. Three step-overs out there and I’m tired!”

We’re not sure we believe that’s the real reason, Adebayo, although we’re not going to argue with you.

Akinfenwa admits FIFA has changed his life

Akinfenwa has made the most of his talent and doesn’t have a particularly bad goalscoring record.

In 529 career appearances - with the likes of Swansea City, Northampton Town and Gillingham - the striker has scored a pretty impressive 170 goals.

But even the man himself admits that FIFA has changed his life in recent years.

"It's allowed me to have a Premiership status in the lower leagues," Akinfenwa told BBC Radio 5 live last year. "That's what FIFA's done and social media."

"My career still stays the same. I still would have played in the lower leagues and I still would have scored the goals that I scored.

"It's just given me a bigger profile outside of football."

Akinfenwa: Nobody is stronger than me!

In December, Akinfenwa hit the headlines after he was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the strongest player in FIFA.

"People talk about size, but my stats speak for themselves," he was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.

"There ain't nobody stronger than me out there!"

And long may that continue.

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