It’s pretty rare to see a fourth-tier footballer have more than a few thousand followers on Twitter.
So Adebayo Akinfenwa is clearly doing something right.
The Wycombe Wanderers striker boasts nearly 200,000 followers on the social media site, largely thanks to the fact that he doesn’t really look like a professional footballer.
If you’ve ever seen Akinfenwa, you know just how big he is. He stands 5ft 11in and weights 16 stone, giving him the BMI of a typical rugby hooker, according to BBC Sport.
The 34-year-old, whose nickname is ‘The Beast’, has become something of a cult hero. And EA Sports served to raise his profile even further by making him the strongest player in their FIFA video series.
In FIFA 17, released two months ago, Akinfenwa boasts a strength rating of 98. EA Sports pretty much view him as an absolute unit, and they’re not wrong.
That said, it must be pointed out that in FIFA 05, Akinfenwa’s strength rating was 45. That’s some increase.
Akinfenwa has a Pro Player card
The Wycombe striker’s popularity within the gaming community has seen him receive some nice surprises from EA Sports, including his very own Pro Player card.
The games developer hand them out to players who have publicly expressed their love for FIFA. Antoine Griezmann, Luke Shaw, Joey Barton, Jay Rodriguez all have one.
It would be an honour to receive one, right? Not in Akinfenwa’s eyes.
Akinfenwa's strength deduction
Taking to Instagram, The Beast pointed out that his Pro Player card in FIFA 17 has a lower strength rating than his equivalent card in FIFA 16.
In last year’s special card, Akinfenwa’s strength was 99, but FIFA 17 has seen a decrease to 97. For a man who prides himself on being strong - Akinfenwa has a clothing line called Beast Mode - this is very bad news.
Check out his Instagram post below.
He writes: “So I'm holding my fifa16 player card stats while behind me is my fifa17 player card stats all I'm gonna say is @easportsfifa from #99 to #97 are u trying to tell me something”, adding a number of crying with laughter emojis to convey that he's just having a laugh.
His strength isn’t the only attribute that’s received a downgrade. His pace is down from 95 to 87 and is defending is now 83, two less than the 85 he received last year.
However, there are improvements elsewhere. His dribbling is up to 96 and his passing jumps from 86 to 92.
For a League Two player with two goals all season, EA Sports have been rather kind to Akinfenwa.
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