I know what you're thinking. You're thinking - If these footballers are being labelled as 'fat' then this isn't a world that I can felicitously live in. Relax. The unlucky candidates that are portly enough to appear on this list are purely being judged by NHS guidelines that claim if your BMI is higher than 25 then you're in desperate need of a diet. Now, BMI doesn't make the obvious observation that fat is different to muscle and therefore is largely ignored by a number of finely-tuned athletes. Yet, after taking a glance at the list it did appear that the players at the top of the chart weren't in peak 'professional footballer' condition and therefore perhaps there was some truth in the body mass index method. If you're earning over £30,000 per week then you should be flaunting the body of Brad Pitt in Fight Club (or various others) especially if your job role requires you to perform at a certain level of physical standard. Therefore the players on this list are going to need to hit the gym in order to start looking like Tyler Durden and in some of their cases raise their performance level to the standard that is required of a Premier League footballer.
10. Danny Graham - BMI 26.0
Danny Graham is 1.83 metres tall and weighs 87kg. He has a BMI score of 26.0 and he has narrowly pipped Chelsea's John Terry (25.7) to the number ten place. Graham has only scored 24 goals in the last five years and has consistently struggled to score goals at the very top level. Graham is currently on loan at Middlesborough but Sunderland's lack of options up front have prompted discussions on whether he should be recalled to the Premier League side. The 30-year-old will need to be in peak condition if he is to perform in the top tier of English football.
NCTJ-accredited football writer with an MA in Sports Journalism. What Culture football editor. Write for the official Newcastle United programme. Former video reporter at North News. Featured and published in the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette, Mail Online, The Mirror, The Sun and others.