Hungarian Viking: Martin Ádám responds to online body-shaming

Hungary forward Martin Ádám is not surprised to see social media memes about his unusually large frame, even if some go too far.

Ádám came on as a substitute late in Hungary‘s opening 3-1 defeat by Switzerland in Cologne and caused a stir among fans online who were surprised to see a player six feet three inches tall and weighing around 86 kilograms (189 pounds) running onto the pitch.

The Ulsan Hyundai striker also has a shaved head and a large ginger beard, leading to his nickname the “Hungarian Viking.”

“The posts? Of course one or two get to me, I usually have a laugh about it,” Ádám told a news conference at the team’s base on Sunday.

“I was born this way, I have this body shape. I’m not saying that I was this big when I was born, but I have a basic physique. Genetics — I can’t change that.”

Most of the posts are positive, though, as Adam has quickly become something of a fan favourite already at the tournament after his short cameo.

Hungary supporters are hoping their No. 9 can add to his three-goal tally for the team in their next game against Germany on Wednesday as they seek to reach the knockout stage for the first time since Euro 2016.