Adebayo Akinfenwa took a page out of Columbus Crew SC's playbook to put the icing and some hilarity on an extraordinary day for AFC Wimbledon.
The notoriously large striker capped Wimbledon's storyboook promotion to League One and a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle (for more on the back story of why this is so unique, read this in-depth feature) on Monday in the 11th minute of stoppage time at Wembley Stadium, but not after a prolonged argument over who would take a penalty. It was much like Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain did a couple of weeks ago, which resulted in Kamara's trade to New England. Akinfenwa persisted Monday and ultimately won the argument with Callum Kennedy, relishing in the chance to put an exclamation point club history.
The 5'11", 224-pound Akinfenwa nailed his penalty, lumbered over to the ecstatic supporters and ripped off his jersey to reveal a shirt that reads "BEAST MODE," a nod to his nickname, "The Beast."
Akinfenwa then delivered a postgame interview for the ages. He's out of contract and appears to be moving on from Wimbledon, so he urged coaches elsewhere to "hit me up on the WhatsApp." He also explained everything that went into his snagging the PK from Kennedy. In short, it's brilliant.
It appears the celebrations are just beginning for Akinfenwa, too:
Vegas, look out, The Beast is on his way.