Cristiano Ronaldo has what it takes to be a top-level wrestler – at least according to legendary football strongman Adebayo Akinfenwa, that is.
The 40-year-old former Wycombe Wanderers striker has been considering taking up wrestling after bringing the curtain down on his football career, and recently made a splash at a [British wrestling promotion] PROGRESS event alongside former Olympic boxer and current AEW star Anthony Ogogo.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport, Akinfenwa tipped Ronaldo for a future in the squared-circle and insisted he'd fancy his chances against the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man if the two ever stepped toe-to-toe between the ropes.
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"There's not much Ronaldo couldn't do. I think he could get definitely get into wrestling," Akinfenwa said. "His finishing move would be 'suuii' and then jump up and smack the guy.
"Do I think I could take him? If me and Ronaldo wrestled, he'd be the bad guy, so I'd beat him.
"He'd come and give me the 'siiuu' and I'd have to give him the Beast Slam, and I need the energy of the crowd. It'd be tough … nah it wouldn't, I'd beat him."
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We asked Akinfenwa which other footballers would make perfect wrestling bad guys, and he had some cracking answers.
"Diego Costa, 1000% … Michail Antonio would make a very good bad guy, he's got a lot to say, very good on the mic. Troy Deeney would be a good bad guy, he's a nice guy, but he's got that in him. With bad guys it's in their eyes.
"With Costa you look at him and you go, 'oh boy it's gonna be a problem'. You know who else could be a bad guy? He's very quiet, but Casemiro, you know those guys who don't really say much but they have a presence? I'm gonna say Casemiro, Costa and Michail Antonio.
"None of them would want to smoke with me though haha."
Akinfenwa, who has teased making an appearance at WWE Money in the Bank later this year, recently joined the HM Coastguard Coast Clever campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers of Britain's coastlines.
The campaign comes on the back of a survey commissioned by HM Coastguard which shows that although 72% of people know that they should check tide times before they set out for a walk at the coast, only 33% claim that they do, highlighting the difference between knowing and doing.
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