AFC Wimbledon’s Adebayo Akinfenwa says FIFA has made him a star

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AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has thanked EA’s FIFA video game series for raising his status to Premiership level despite playing in the lower leagues of English football.

Nicknamed The Beast, Akinfenwa is known as one of the strongest players in the game and it’s this attribute which has made him a popular choice in the FIFA games.

“It’s allowed me to have a Premiership status in the lower leagues,” he told 5 live Sport’s ‘The Beautiful Gamers’. “That’s what FIFA’s done and social media.”

He remains grounded in reality about his ability, however.

“My career still stays the same. I still would have played in the lower leagues and I still would have scored the goals that I scored.

“It’s just given me a bigger profile outside of football.”

You can catch The Beautiful Gamers tonight at 7.30 on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The show’s blurb reads: “Dan Walker presents a 5 live Sport special from the National Football Museum in Manchester looking at the growth of football gaming on computers and games consoles over the last four decades.”

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