20 Fattest Soccer Players of All Time

While it’s essential to avoid making judgments about a person’s health or physique based on their appearance, there have been soccer players who were known for their larger body sizes.

In this article, we will look at the 20 fattest soccer players, the team they once played for, the number of goals, if any, and any other stats; number 11 would shock you. Lets gooooo.

Top 20 Fat Soccer Players of All Time 

  1. Neville Southall
  2. Jan Molby
  3. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
  4. Faustino Asprilla
  5. Jan Koller
  6. Adrián San Miguel del Castillo
  7. Mick Quinn
  8. Nicky Weaver
  9. Wayne Shaw
  10. Adebayo Akinfenwa
  11. Diego Maradona
  12. Guillermo Ochoa
  13. John Hartson
  14. Jeroen Verhoeven
  15. Ronnie Wallwork
  16. Tom Pope
  17. Nikolay Mihaylov
  18. Adrián Ramos
  19. Jay-Jay Okocha
  20. Mikael Lustig

Now, let’s take a look at their stats; you’d be shocked how these fat soccer players had made a meaningful impact.

1. Neville Southall:

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: Everton, Wales National Team

Career Stats: Southall made over 750 appearances for Everton, and he is considered one of the greatest goalkeepers in the club’s history. He also earned 92 caps for the Welsh national team. Amazing signing!

2. Jan Molby:

Position: Midfielder

Notable Teams: Liverpool, Denmark National Team

Career Stats: Molby had a successful career at Liverpool, making over 200 appearances for the club. He also represented the Denmark national team, though he never had any goal for the team.

3. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Brazil National Team

Career Stats: Ronaldo is a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year. He had a prolific career, scoring over 400 goals for club and country. Amazing!

4. Faustino Asprilla

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Newcastle United, Parma, Colombia National Team

Career Stats: Asprilla played for several top clubs and had a successful international career representing Colombia.

5. Jan Koller

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Borussia Dortmund, Czech Republic National Team

Career Stats: Koller was a tall and imposing striker who had a successful career; Jan had over 40 goals for the Czech Republic national team. He has retired!

6. Adrián San Miguel del Castillo

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: West Ham United, Liverpool, Spain National Team

Career Stats: Adrián has had a solid career, especially when he was at Liverpool and Spain’s national team.

7. Mick Quinn

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Coventry City, Portsmouth

Career Stats: Quinn was a prolific scorer during his career, particularly during his time at Coventry City.

8. Nicky Weaver

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday

Career Stats: Nicky had a lengthy career in the English football club Manchester City.

9. Wayne Shaw

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: Sutton United

Career Stats: Shaw gained fame while playing for Sutton United in the FA Cup.

10. Adebayo Akinfenwa

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Wycombe Wanderers

Career Stats: Akinfenwa is known for his strength and has had a successful career, particularly with Wycombe Wanderers. He was once a Nigerian, though. 

11. Diego Maradona

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Napoli, Barcelona, Argentina National Team

Career Stats: Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, leading Napoli to two Serie A titles and winning the FIFA World Cup with Argentina. Incredible signing. 

12. Guillermo Ochoa

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: Club América, Mexico National Team

Career Stats: Ochoa is one of Mexico’s most decorated goalkeepers; he has one of the most success rates in penalty kicks.

13. John Hartson

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Arsenal, West Ham United, Wales National Team

Career Stats: Hartson had a physical playing technique and played for several English clubs while representing the Walesnational team.

14. Jeroen Verhoeven

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: FC Utrecht

Career Stats: Verhoeven is known for his huge body size and had a lengthy career with FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie.

15. Ronnie Wallwork

Position: Midfielder

Notable Teams: Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion

Career Stats: Wallwork came through the youth ranks at Manchester United and later played for West Bromwich Albion.

16. Tom Pope

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Port Vale, Bury

Career Stats: Pope is known for his time at Port Vale, where he became a club legend.

17. Nikolay Mihaylov

Position: Goalkeeper

Notable Teams: FC Twente, Bulgaria National Team

Career Stats: Mihaylov played for various clubs, including FC Twente, and represented the Bulgarian national team.

18. Adrián Ramos

Position: Forward

Notable Teams: Hertha BSC, Borussia Dortmund, Colombia National Team

Career Stats: Ramos had a successful career in German football and played for the Colombian national team.

19. Jay-Jay Okocha

Position: Midfielder

Notable Teams: Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, Nigeria National Team

Career Stats: Okocha was known for his skill and creativity, playing for clubs in Europe and representing Nigeria.

20. Mikael Lustig

Position: Defender

Notable Teams: Celtic, Sweden National Team

Career Stats: Lustig had a successful career at Celtic and represented Sweden in international competitions.

You can see that these soccer players made an impact in their respective clubs; being fat doesn’t mean you can’t follow your passion.

However, in today’s world of soccer, you will hardly see a fat soccer player on the pitch, and I feel its more or less a rule now in most leagues. More so, a coach would love to sign someone who is fit and agile.

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