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World’s strongest footballer vs. Liverpool; Big Wimbledon striker’s quotes illustrate beauty of FA Cup competition

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Adebayo Akinfenwa of Northampton in action during the npower League Two Play Off Final between Bradford City and Northampton Town at Wembley Stadium on May 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has been around the block. The giant 32-year-old has played for 12 clubs since 2001 and, judging by the photo at right, lifted a ton of weights and drank a ton of milkshakes in addition to scoring goals.

Akinfenwa, you see, can bench press nearly 400 pounds and has been called “the world’s strongest footballer”. He’s also is a fan of Liverpool.

And despite playing in promotion matches and derbies, the Dons attacker is readying for Monday’s FA Cup tilt against Liverpool like its the biggest game of his life... and the biggest game in the world.

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Saying to him it was bigger than the UEFA Champions League final, the longtime Reds supporter can’t wait for Monday. He unleashed a slew of quotes that show why the FA Cup is such a cool competition.

From the BBC:

Akinfenwa, who is playing for his 11th club, added: “I was doing a dance in my living room when I saw the draw.

“As a Liverpool supporter, the three best feelings are: to play for the team, to play against the team and score against them. I have the opportunity to do two out of three.”


“They are Premier league players and you want to be able to look back and say: ‘I pitted myself against the best and handled myself well’.

“If there’s a 50-50, hopefully I will come out on top. I would back myself... 100%.”

Whether the bookies would back him is another story. Wimbledon may have history on its side after shocking ‘Pool in the 1988 tournament, but Skybet lists Liverpool as 1:5 favorites to win, with the Dons getting 12:1 odds.

The third round proper has been nearly devoid of upsets, so a Wimbledon win would be an extra big deal. The only lower league teams to pick up wins over higher opponents were Rochdale, Preston North End and Sheffield United. The Blades were the only victors to defeat a Premier League team.

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