The 39-year-old Wycombe Wanderers star – described by Pep Guardiola as ‘legendary striker’ – was substituted on 65 minutes with his side trailing 4-1.
As the Wycombe skipper started his walk off, a round of applause swept around the Etihad that included many City fans standing to salute one of the game’s most likeable characters.
On Wednesday, Akinfenwa commented on the reception he received, as well as Guardiola’s comments that it was a “pleasure to meet” him.
“I was a bit disappointed that we just kind of ran out of legs at the end but it’s an experience against one of the best teams in the world,” he said.
“I heard what Pep Guardiola said about me and I am honestly humbled by his words.
“And as for the ovation the City fans gave me, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to them all.
“It was a really classy thing to do and it’s another special moment and memory for me to look back on that I will add to my final chapter as a footballer.”
These Adebayo Akinfenwa’s comments has prompt some Sky Blues to react on social media.
Sign him up
— Agent P💙🤍🇯🇲 (@Perrydan9) September 22, 2021
Could prove to be the striker we’ve been crying for
— _MillerRak (@okmcmiller) September 22, 2021
We need to clone him and delap in our secret lab, to create the perfect striker.
— Pep Out since 2019 (@Seer978) September 22, 2021
You are a legend big man wish there was more like you in the game have a wonderful retirement when it comes 👍
— Tommy Boyle (@TommyBo62100038) September 22, 2021