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Bayo earns world honour

2 December 2015

Dons striker recognised for strength

Bayo Akinfenwa has officially been recognised by Guinness World Records as the strongest player in the FIFA Video games series – and he’s been celebrating the achievement by participating in a series of fun challenges.

In the most recent iteration, experts had graded Akinfenwa’s strength stats at 98 out of 99, two more than Dinamo Moskva’s Christopher Samba. The record was based upon the FIFA video game titles FIFA 12 (strength rating 97), FIFA 13 (99), FIFA 14 (97) and FIFA 16 (98), accruing an average strength rating of 97.6.

   to view the video. Bayo ChallengeBayo was this week presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records and as part of this he was challenged to classic record breaking with LEGO® and Mr Potato Head, which he gamely took up! “The Beast” also showed off his own skills as AFC Wimbledon in the popular video game FIFA. Click on 

Editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, Stephen Daultrey, said: “Very few footballers repeatedly top-score in FIFA ratings, unless they're Messi or Ronaldo, so it’s fantastic that a lower-league English player has been recognised by experts as the highest-strength player on four occasions. Akinfenwa has become a real cult star off the back of his presence in FIFA. With his unconventional footballing physique and playing style, it’s very likely that Akinfenwa is the strongest pound-for-pound pro currently in the game – just as FIFA repeatedly claims.’

Ade Akinfenwa attempted ‘Fastest time to score against a computer on FIFA 16’, though despite several tries fell short of the 33.06 minimum record to beat.

His dexterity skills were put to the test with the ‘Tallest Lego® Tower in one minute’, achieving a respectable 21, just seven blocks short of the record title. Finally Ade made a valiant effort to achieve the ‘Fastest time to assemble Mr Potato Head’, then he tried again, and again, and again, but sadly victory, was elusive.

Not to feel too disheartened, Akinfenwa walked away with his award for being the Strongest Player on FIFA Videogame Series. Commenting on this, Bayo said: “People talk about size, but my stats speak for themselves…There aint nobody stronger than me out there!”

Ade Akinfenwa’s record will appear in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2017.

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