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Adebayo Akinfenwa on his new book, being the strongest player on FIFA & his love for Northampton Town

He's established himself as a football icon, and now striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has released his first autobiography.

Aptly titled 'The Beast', the book looks back at the career of the 35-year-old, who despite spending much of his time in the lower leagues, has become something of a cult hero among football fans.

Part of that success has been down to his bulky physique which has earned him the honour of being the 'strongest player' on the video game 'FIFA', while he also runs a clothing label called 'Beast Mode'.

Now at Wycombe Wanderers, Akinfenwa returned to Northampton recently to sign copies and talk to fans who still adore him.

While he was there, he took time out for a chat with ITV News Anglia Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake.

  • Adebayo Akinfenwa on writing his new book
Adebayo's new book is out now. Credit: ITV News Anglia

I know I'm not the typical footballer, my story isn't the standard story.

I felt, at this time in my career and at this age, this was the right time to release the book.

It's humbling to know that my book's out and so far everybody that's read it has said it's a good read. Maybe people are scared to tell me it's poor though!

– Adebayo Akinfenwa
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa on his affection for Northampton Town
Akinfenwa is remembered fondly at Sixfields. Credit: PA

This is my spiritual home (Northampton).

I think it's been four-five years since I've left this club, but they still take to me.

They use the term cult hero here and trust me I accept it. I'm honoured to have that title.

– Adebayo Akinfenwa
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa on 'celebrity status'
Adebayo has a big social media following and often poses for pictures with well-known people from both the sporting and entertainment world. Credit: Adebayo Akinfenwa/Instagram

I don't think I'm a celebrity, let alone a cult hero. And that's me being honest.

But of course I realise that I've got I think over two million followers over my social media platform. So I do know that there's something that people gravitate to.

The vast range of people that i've been able to appeal to - it's overwhelming at times.

– Adebayo Akinfenwa
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa on his FIFA stats

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If you ask most footballers, it's important (getting a good FIFA rating)!

I've had the 'strongest footballer in the world' and that's my stat. so I'm humbled to have it.

Look, I enjoy the gym, so to get an acknowledgement for that is a good thing. We take the stats seriously!

– Adebayo Akinfenwa
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa on his friend Clarke Carlisle
Adebayo played with Clarke Carlisle at Northampton. Credit: PA

We're footballers but we're human. We all have problems.

He's going through his problems, his trials, his tribulations. We all need a shoulder - So I'm there.

He's taking it day by day, but he knows that he's got people out there that love him and care for him.

– Adebayo Akinfenwa
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa on scoring against Liverpool
Akinfenwa scores for AFC Wimbledon against Liverpool in the FA Cup in 2015. Credit: PA

I've supported Liverpool since the age of five and I think if you can't play for them, then the best thing is to be able to line up against them.

I got to meet Steven Gerrard, who is my legend and he wrote the foreword for my book.

It shows that miracles can happen. If you work hard enough, you can achieve what you put your mind to.

To score against Liverpool, nobody can ever take that away from me. People keep saying i'm too big to play football, but I can't be that bad!

– Adebayo Akinfenwa