Check Out The Starting XI of the Strongest Players in World Football

Some of the strongest players in world football are in the following slideshow. The players mentioned in this XI are there based on attributes such as weight, strength and power.

Strength has always been a vital part of football, especially in the modern day game, but what would a squad look like if it contained a bunch of players who’s weight combined reached a total of 969k (153 stone)

Here is that very team. Warning, this article may contain several beasts

GK – Manuel Neuer

Height: 1.93m
Weight: 92kg

The German is a real presence in goal and has established himself as one of the best Goalkeepers in Europe.

It’s hard to judge a keeper on his strength as they don’t use it very often, but Manuel Neuer is fantastic at collecting the ball from set pieces. In fact, one of the best in the business.

RB – Micah Richards

Height: 1.80m

Weight: 83kg

You certainly would not want to pick a fight with Manchester City Defender Micah Richards.

Despite being average height, the England International is one of the strongest defenders in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has had his fair share of tussles in the past, but one incident in particular with team-mate at the time Mario Balotelli comes to mind. A training ground bust up in 2011 sparked a huge confrontation between the pair. Most would back down from the Italian, but Richards wasn’t having any of it.

A reliable, quick and commanding player who has a a promising future ahead of him at the age of 27.

CB – Christopher Samba

Height: 1.93m

Weight: 100kg

Another player you would not want to mess with is Congo International Christopher Samba.

The former Blackburn and QPR defender was once the driving force at the back and was considered a first team regular for a number of seasons.

Harry Redknapp spoke out after he signed the defender and said: “He’s a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He’s a proper centre-half.”

Now, Samba is playing his football in Russia after a disappointing spell with Championship side Queens Park Rangers in 2013.

CB – Nemanja Vidic

Height: 1.88m

Weight: 88kg

‘He comes from Serbia, He’ll f***in murder ya.’

A chant that really sums up a true warrior in the heart ofManchester United’s defence.

The 32-year-old has been playing in the Premier Leaguefor eight years now after joining from Russian side Spartak Moscow in 2006. The Serbian is known for his no nonsense tackling and is one of the toughest players in world football.

LB – George Elokobi

Height: 1.75m

Weight: 90k

George Elokobi has officially been named the SECOND strongest player in world football.

The powerhouse even has his own ‘beast workout’ video. He does not have an ounce of fat on his body and when you shake his hand, it feels as if your fingers are stuck in a vice.

The defender may not be the most talented of footballers, but has progressed hugely after starting his career with non-league club Dulwich Hamlet.

CDM – Yaya Toure

Height: 1.88m

Weight: 79k

‘Yaya Yaya Yaya Yaya Yaya Yaya Yaya Yaya Yaya Toure’ – This chant may not be relevant, but you’ll be singing it for the rest of the day.

The Ivorian is a class act in the centre of Manchester City’s midfield and has been a key figure in the club’s recent success, scoring 14 goals this season.

His power and pace give Toure the edge in the centre of Midfield. The 30-year-old does not seem to be showing signs any signs of slowing down and his career is developing with age.

CM – Michael Essien

Height: 1.77m

Weight: 85k
Michael Essein may be past his best, but the Ghanaian is still one of the strongest in Europe.

The 31-year-old is a classic box-to-box midfielder and his energy, stamina and power once earned him the nickname ‘the Bison’.

He moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2012, but failed to make an impact in the Spanish capital. Jose Mourinho then took him back to Stamford Bridge this season. A great player who has had an exceptional career in London.

CM – Julio Baptista

Height: 1.85m

Weight: 86k

‘The Beast’ began his career as a defensive midfielder inBrazil, but began to find himself in attacking positions, scoring goals for fun and terrorising players with his strength and power, bouncing off defenders regularly.

He moved to Real Madrid in 2005 and then moved to Malaga, leading them to their best league position in years with 14 goals in two seasons.

A real menace for any defender

ST – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Height: 1.95m

Weight: 95k

I think people underestimate how strong Zlatan Ibrahimovicreally is.

His ability to hold off defenders has made him one of the best strikers in world football, so much so that he was included in the FIFPRO team of the year, beating the likes of Falcao and Suarez to the position.

His sensational move to French side PSG cost 180 million euros, making him the most expensive footballer in combined transfer fee’s.

ST – Diego Costa

Height: 1.88m

Weight: 85k

The Brazilian has made a huge impression over the past couple of seasons, scoring 19 goals in 20 games in 2013/2014

Costa is a talented, all round centre forward who uses his undeniable strength to terrorise defenders in Spain. He is one of the heaviest strikers in Europe and his ability to ‘control’ defenders is one of his best traits.

He has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool this January and I believe he would settle into the Premier League perfectly. Imagine a partnership with the likes of Luiz Suarez. Wow.

ST – Adebayo Akinfenwa

Height: 1.80m

Weight: 86k

The striker is officially the strongest player in world football. What a beast.

Akinfenwa can bench press 396lb and has his own ‘beast mode’ gym routine video. He is 16 stone and struggles to fit in his jersey on a Saturday afternoon.

The 31-year-old is playing well for
League One side Gillingham, scoring five goals in 15 games.

He may not be the most talented player in the world, but his strength has earned him world wide recognition, becoming a FIFA legend in the process.

What a guy!!

Source – FTB Pro

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