There's more to football these days than pure brute strength, but power is still a handy attribute to have on the pitch, as these guys can attest...

Romelu Lukaku

Leicester City v Everton  - Premier League

The Everton forward is one of just five stars to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23.

The Belgian's prolificacy is in no small part due to his immense power, which he uses to great effect to bully, torment and generally terrify opposition defences.

Giorgio Chiellini


The Italian is one of the world's most revered (and feared) defenders.

The Pisa-born star is a tower at the heart of Juventus' rock solid defence alongside daunting duo Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci, and is known for his uncompromising style and powerful aerial threat.

His personal trophy cabinet boasts five Scudetti and runners up medals for the Champions League and Euros.

Arturo Vidal

SV Darmstadt 98 v Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

The midfielder is a powerhouse in every sense.

Vidal plays at the heart of both the Bayern and Chile engine rooms, garnering the nicknames 'the Warrior', 'King Arthur' and 'the Piranha' for his tenacity and determination.

A four-time Scudetti winner with Juventus before his move to the German champions, Vidal is as well-known for his crunching tackles as he is for his rocket shot. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United v Middlesbrough - Premier League

The karate-kick scoring, Taekwondo black belt needs little in the way of justification in this list.

Despite his advancing years, 35-year-old Zlatan has failed to relinquish the sheer force that helped to established him as one of the world's deadliest strikers. Since turning 30, Zlatan has netted over 150 times and racked over 70 assists.

A combination of incredible physicality and skill make the Swede a unique prospect for opposition defences.

Adebayo Akinfenwa

AFC Wimbledon v Northampton Town - Sky Bet League Two

Akinfenwa is best known as FIFA's strongest player.

The Wycombe striker has made an entire brand out of his power (he can reportedly bench press double his own body weight) and runs the 'Beast Mode' clothing company.

Tim Wiese


At 6ft 4in, the former Werder Bremen goalkeeper was always a daunting figure, but still surprised everybody when he gave up professional football in 2014, after an enviable career which included a German Cup and six caps for his country, to pursue a career as a wrestler.

Wiese made his debut on the canvas in WWE event in Munich last year.