Nainggolan: "I am not a bad boy, very proud of my origins. I do not hide my drinking and smoking, here's why"
He is not yet at his best physical condition but Radja Nainggolan remains an essential part of what Inter and Luciano Spalletti want to accomplish. Speaking to France Football, the Belgian discusses some mistakes committed outside the football pitch and his personal life.
“I can tell you that I am a normal person. Not a bad boy as many people have labeled me. They do not know what it is like to be a footballer or a public figure. I can walk in the worst neighborhoods and live in a normal way. I could accept favors that are given to footballers but it does not mean that I ask and look for them. I shop at the supermarket (Roma?). I can drink a glass of wine and smoke a cigarette with serenity.
“Even footballers smoke you know, even if we do not have ‘normal’ jobs. Hiding one thing means that you have other things to hide. And I do not think that it is right. My origins? Very proud of it although it has not given me easy time because of my father. I gave him a second chance on my trip to Indonesia but things did not go well. As Indonesian, I do not have much from it but I do not deny my origins. I was born in Antwerp while as a footballer I consider myself Italian from a technical and tactical point of view.
“In the early days in Piacenza, I earned a thousand euros a month and I ensured good standard of living for all my family members. I am inspired by my mother who passed a few years ago. She was the most important person in my life. She did not have much but she gave me everything by making so many sacrifices. Now I have a strong relationship with my twin sister. She is homosexual and she is happy. This is enough for me. I accept everyone and this is my way of seeing things.”
Source: France Football