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Newly retired Adebayo Akinfenwa names American striker Daryl Dike as FIFA’s strongest player

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s retirement from football in May also spelled the end of his tenure as FIFA’s Strongest Player, and the fan favorite marked the end of the era with a hilarious tribute to the new titleholders.

With his FIFA card on a chair, the forward placed a Beast Mode hat next to American forward Daryl Dike’s card, who Akinfenwa says had a 96 strength for FIFA 23.

Czech striker Tomas Chory – also with a power of 96 in the upcoming game – was also spotted by the former Wycombe Wanderers striker in the video.

“It’s time,” Akinfenwa began the clip.

“A bit emotional but it’s only right that I pass on the crown, the title of FIFA’s Strongest Player.”

The video ended with Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” playing over Akinfenwa’s voice as the sun set on nearly a decade of dominance in the power class.

Akinfenwa was the game’s strongest player from 2012–2022, though he briefly relinquished his crown in 2017 and 2019 due to mid-season upgrades.

The bleeding forward never fell below a 96 strength rating from the game’s 2012 edition, and achieved a high base rating of 98, which was tantalizingly close to the vaunted 99 mark.

West Brom striker Dike saw Akinfenwa’s congratulatory mail despite not being tagged in it, and answered in kind words.

“What an honor,” he said, along with a moving emoji and a teary-eyed emoji.

Dike has spent much of his time injured in the Midlands and was ruled out for a few more months by manager Steve Bruce after picking up a hamstring injury last month.

However, Chory had a better start to the season, scoring three goals in four starts for Polish club Viktoria Plzen.

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