Being a heavy person is not usually at the top of anyone’s wish list, but when it comes to soccer, weight is a prominent factor in the selection process.
Beyond weight, will, skill and professionalism have made the mark for some of the best soccer players in the world. Here are fourteen (in order of the first name) of the heaviest soccer players in the world.
1. Adebayo Akinfenwa
Adebayo Akinfenwa is a British professional soccer player, nicknamed The Beast, and for good reason. He is a living legend known as the strongest player in FIFA.
He can bench press 200kgs, which is twice his weight, at 229 pounds. Adebayo plays the striker position for League One club Wycombe Wanderers. He is 6’ 1” tall.
2. Chris Samba
Chris Samba is a native of France who played professional soccer as a defender for the Congo national team. Chris weighs 224 pounds and is 6’ 4” tall.
3. Danny Shittu
Danny Shittu is a Nigerian native and professional soccer player. He was released in 2015 and is now a free agent.
Danny has made 346 appearances in the Premier League and Football League, including 190 for Queens Park Rangers. Danny weighs 209 pounds and is 6’ 3” tall.
4. George Elokobi
George Elokobi is a Cameroonian soccer player who plays defender for National League Club Maidstone United. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 209 pounds.
5. Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire is an English professional soccer player. He plays center back for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.
He is England’s highest-scoring defender with seven goals. Harry weighs 216 pounds and stands 6’ 4” tall.
6. Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard is a Danish professional soccer player who plays center back for Premier League club Leicester City and the Danish national team. Jannik is 211 pounds and stands at 6’ 6” tall.
7. Kim Shin-wook
Kim Shin-wook is from South Korea and is a professional soccer player. He plays the striker position for Singapore Premier League club Lion City Sailors and the South Korea national team.
In 2014, Kim and his teammates won the gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games. In 2018, he was named in South Korea’s preliminary 28-man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Kim is 213 pounds and stands 6’ 5” tall.
8. Lovre Kalinić
Lovre Kalinić is a Croatian professional soccer player who plays goalkeeper for Prva HNL club Hajduk Split and the Croatia national team.
Lovre was part of Croatia’s UEFA’s Euro 2016 squad. He was named in Croatia’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Lovre weighs 211 pounds and is 6’ 7” tall.
9. Nikola Zigic
Nikola Zigic is of Serbia descent and played center forward and was named the Serbian Footballer of the Year with Racing Santander in 2007.
Nikola played in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup as a member of Serbia’s national team. He weighs 212 pounds and stands 6’ 8” tall.
10. Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne is an Irish native who played professional soccer as a defender. At 209 pounds and 6’ 2”, Richard made 431 Premier League appearances, including 253 for Manchester City.
Richard retired from the sport in 2015 and joined PT Sport as a pundit for coverage of the games.
11. Roman Torres
Roman Torres is from Panama and plays defender for Cartagines and the Panama national team. Built like a freight train, Roman is a key defensive player for his team.
He’s made more than 100 appearances for Panama and scored the game-winning goal against Costa Rica in 2017. That sent Panama to their first-ever World Cup. Roman is 218 pounds and is 6’ 2” tall.
12. Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku was born in Belgium and plays for the English club Chelsea FC. At 207 pounds and 6’ 3” tall, he is one of the few players who have attained 50 Premier League goals before turning 23 years old.
Romelu also holds an all-time record of 31 goals scored for the Belgian national team.
13. Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois is a Belgium native who plays goalkeeper for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Belgian national team. Thibaut is 200 pounds and 6’ 6” tall.
Courtois won the Belgian Pro League with Genk. He won the UEFA Europa League and the La Liga with Atletico Madrid. With Chelsea, he has won the English Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the English League Cup.
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Sweden native. At 209 pounds and 6’ 5” tall, the forward has been recognized as the best soccer player in the country’s history.
Zlatan is an 11-time Guldbollen winner, with a recorded 62 goals and 114 appearances for his country.