Fans Left in Awe at Photos of Ripped "World's Strongest" Football Referee on Social Media

Fans Left in Awe at Photos of Ripped "World's Strongest" Football Referee on Social Media

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:59 PM
  • Remarkable images of a well-built Brazilian referee have continued to make waves in the world of football
  • Anderson Daronco has been described as the "world's strongest referee", and has been the subject of humorous exchanges on social media
  • The 41-year-old came to global attention after his refereeing during a 2022 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL zone qualifier between Uruguay and Peru

Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco is currently the talk of the football world as photos of him continue doing the rounds on social media.

The tall and heavily well-built 44-year-old made the news after his controversial handling of a recent world cup qualifier between Uruguay and Peru in the CONMEBOL zone.

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The physically imposing Anderson Daronco. Image source: Getty Images
Source: Twitter

According to Sport Bible, Peru was trailing 1-0 this past Thursday in Montevideo when Uruguayan goalkeeper Sergio Rochet held Miguel Trauco's shot in the 95th minute of the match. Rochet, holding the ball at arm's length, then stepped backwards into the net because of momentum.

The whole circumference appeared to have crossed the line to the naked eye, but Daronco did not award it, not even consulting with the video assistant referee (VAR).

Regardless, many football watchers joked that he was not the referee to be trifled with by players who disputed his decision. There was even a photo of physically imposing Brazilian footballer Hulk remonstrating with Daronco, which showed their size disparity.

YouTube channel Soccer Stories – Oh My Goal reported that Daronco has 44cm biceps. He is also apparently referred to in Brazil as 'Juiz Fortao', translating to 'Strong Judge'.

@danielmarven said:

"This is Anderson Daronco, Brazilian referee. If he gave you a yellow or red card, you’d just agree with him."

@bpasports said:

"Meet Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco. This man would definitely have every player maintaining their cool when he is officiating."

"Star struck influencers": Bafana players criticised for selfies with French players after 5:0 humiliation

Bafana Bafana players were ripped into by a former player as well as countless supporters after asking for selfies with French players following their humiliating 5-0 loss on Tuesday night.

As reported by Sports Brief, former Bafana Bafana captain and defender Aaron Mokoena - the most capped men's international player in South African history - led the chorus of angered locals who were displeased with what they said after the match.

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