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The worlds strongest footballer, could he have been a Premier League star

DATE: 29.03.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17





Adebayo Akinfenwa is described by many as the strongest footballer in the world. but his life in football has been in the lower tires of the league pyramid
 

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He first got noticed in football, playing in Lithuania for FK Atlantas. After a year out in Eastern Europe, he moved back to Britain. Welsh club Barry Town signed him, and that was the start of a climb towards a life in english professional football.

During his short spell at Barry Town he was noticed scoring 6 goals in 9 league games. He helped the Welsh club to silverware both in the league and the cup. The club got financial difficulties and had to release their players including Akinfenwa.

After leaving Barry Town, he moved around a lot during the next year. Short spells with Boston, Leyton Orient, Rushden & Diamonds and Doncaster Rovers was the menu, before getting a proper spell with Torquay United.

Akinfenwa settled in at Torquay and scored 14 goals in 37 league games. Swansea were eager to sign him and he moved to Wales again, playing for Swansea from 2005 to 2007.

 

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Swansea had to pay 85 000 for his services, but he refused to sign a new contract when the one he had expired. A move to Swindon fell through for medical reasons, and a month to montch contract at Millwall was what came up next.

Northampton Town was next, and his time at Sixfields was a proper one. He scored 37 goals in 88 league games, and after a two year period, it was time for a new move, this one to Gillingham.

His Gillingham days might have been some of his best, partnering Cody McDonald up front, and they scored 36 goals in total as a forward duo. But the stay was shortlived when Northampton came back for him, under the management of Gary Johnson.

Akinfenwa again decided to move, and again back to Gillingham. He and McDonald started to click right away, but at the end of the season, a new move happened, this time to AFC Wimbledon.

 

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We all remember Akinfenwa from his Wembley performance being part of the great promotion push by AFC Wimbledon, winning against Plymouth Argyle. He also played and scored in the EFL cup against Liverpool, his favourite team.

He has played for some managers that later has climbed the league ladder, but none of them has made it an option for Akinfenwa to get a spell at a higher level.

People like Roberto Martinez and Kenny Jackett was in charge of clubs at higher level but never took a chance to bring in the "strong man". At the age of 34 he is still playing and scoring goals, this season with Wycombe Wanderers in League 2, who are mid table at the moment.

Players such as Charlie Austin, Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings, Grant Holt and Ricki Lambert have all been climbing to the top during the years and at some point playing at the level of Akinfenwa, and as we know, done great at the highest level.


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