Adebayo Akinfenwa is a man in demand these days – and for good reason. The Wycombe Wanderers striker is the centre of attention at the FIFA 19 launch after solidifying his status as the world’s strongest football player by taking the gong for the strongest player in FIFA for the seventh year running. But just like his on-pitch presence, Bayo has always been larger than life outside of football.

Once mocked for thinking he could play professional football at his size, Bayo’s self belief and refusal to believe what others said he couldn’t do has seen him become one of football’s most loved figures. His growing prominence off the pitch has also been mirrored with an on-pitch renaissance too, earning a nomination for ‘Player of the Year’ in League Two after spearheading Wycombe to promotion last season.

Akinfenwa is a man who has always had ideas that go far beyond the game. Despite heading toward the twilight years of his footballing career, he’s making a bigger difference to a new generation of football fans day by day, with his off-field career only just beginning. 

We caught up with Bayo at the FIFA 19 launch to talk about how he became a FIFA hero, challenging stereotypes, and his exciting plans for his new mentor scheme in the not-too-distant future.

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