The World’s Top 5 Overweight Strikers

A number of the world’s top footballers reportedly do not have the ideal body during the pre-season holiday. Here are five of the world’s top strikers who are overweight.
Not all professional footballers have the ideal body shape despite performing at a high level.

Becoming an elite soccer player demands great physical sacrifices. They are required to have a fit body condition in every match.

This makes footballers spend most of their time on the training ground and the field. Automatically they have little chance to enjoy their free time.

But once on a somewhat loose schedule, the field stars seemed to lose control of enjoying the holidays.

As a result, not a few of the world’s top footballers return to their respective clubs with conditions that are not ideal due to not maintaining a lifestyle during their free time.

One of the effects of an unbalanced lifestyle makes them gain weight. Here are five of the world’s top overweight players quoted from Sportskeeda:

1. Luis Suarez

Spanish local media had called Luis Suarez fat when he made his debut at Barcelona B in the 2014/2015 season.

But the Barcelona coach at the time, Luis Enrique dismissed the notion that the former Liverpool bomber had excessive body weight.

“Suarez is fat? He’s naturally stocky. He’s an ideal weight and ready to compete. If you want we can give him liposuction but I don’t think he needs that,” says Enrique.

2. Neymar
Neymar was called fat on his social media accounts in the summer ahead of the 2021/2022 season.

He was caught on camera relaxing on a luxury ship with a slightly convex stomach. This makes local French journalists label him as a player who is not stocky.

Neymar was also called fat when he defended the Brazilian national team in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. However, the PSG star admitted that he was wearing the wrong shirt size so he looked fat.

3. Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus brought in Gonzalo Higuain in 2016 to increase the attacking power up front.

But in his debut in 2016, Higuain had caught the public’s attention when his body looked bigger than before.

The Argentine striker broke people’s doubts when he showed his sharpness. He scored 32 goals and provided four assists in his first season with the Bianconeri.

4. Eden Hazard

When recruited by Real Madrid in 2019, Eden Hazard had admitted that he had gained weight.

The reason is an unhealthy lifestyle during the holidays. He said he gained 5 kilograms of weight while on vacation.

“It’s true [the weight gain]. I’m not going to hide it, but it happened during the holidays. I gained 5 kilograms. I’m the type of person who quickly gains and loses weight and I will be careful,” Hazard said.

5. Romelu Lukaku

The player who has just returned to Inter Milan’s uniform is said to have an above average weight as a footballer.

When he first moved to Inter Milan in 2019, former Manchester United player Gary Neville had said that Lukaku was too bulky.

“He claims to be overweight! He weighs more than 100 kilograms! He’s a Manchester United player! He will score goals and do well for Inter Milan but unprofessional behavior can be contagious!” said Neville.

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