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Name Radja Nainggolan
Gender Male
Ethnic Belgian
Job Belgian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Belgium National Team
Club as Player Cagliari FC
  Inter Milan
  AS Roma
  Cagliari FC

Relationship

Wife Claudia Lai

2017 08 19 Retrieve

[Radja Nainggolan speaks about his team-mate Eden Hazard’s qualities] I think he has the capacity to win it because, for me, he is a very talented player, a very good player, a decisive player. He makes a difference on the pitch, but the only difference between him and, let’s say, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, is that they score much more than him. So, I think that is the most important thing and it’s the only difference between them, because for me Hazard is, let’s say, is in world’s top five

2018 03 05 Retrieve

[Radja Nainggolan played alongside Davide Astori at Cagliari and Roma] A great player, but even more than that, a great person […] How many battles we were in together at Cagliari, then found each other again at Roma […] I still can’t believe it […] My thoughts are with his family and those close to him […] RIP

2019 08 05 Retrieve

[Nainggolan leaves Inter on Cagliari loan] I am happy, there is great enthusiasm. I always wanted to return but I did not think the return would come this year, but I am happy that is has happened. It was not hard to choose Cagliari although I did have other offers

I spoke with some other managers but it was right to come back here and I must first thank the president [Tomasso Giulini]. After our first call, he completely convinced me right away, he made promises and he has kept them. sThings have gone the way I would have liked them to have gone and it was easy to reach an agreement

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Nainggolan reveals reason for snubbing Juventus & opens Inter door for Barella] The matches against Juventus have always been special to me, because in the past they’ve tried to sign me but nothing ever happened. This is because I’d rather challenge the ‘best teams’ and try to win against them. This has always been my philosophy

The desire to win, even if that sounds strange as I’ve never won anything. I’ve always wanted to win something. And that is something that has been missing for a while at Inter too.

So winning a trophy here would mean a lot to the whole fanbase. They’ve been waiting a long time for it, as they’ve had that period where they were used to winning.

Therefore we need to get back to being that team that is talked about worldwide, which Inter haven’t been for a bit now

[Former Cagliari man Nainggolan is a big fan of a 22-year-old following in his footsteps and admits to being able to see some of himself in Barella’s game] Yes, especially in the way he plays, because he’s the type of player who always gives everything he has on the pitch. He might not make a difference with goals or assists, but he’s a vital player for a team, someone who helps the others elevate their game. That type of player might draw less attention to himself, but is vital to the success of the team

[Pressed on whether the pair could play in the same team] Why not? Playing with great players is always nice. I joined Inter and it’s been nice to play alongside some great players. As all the players who were in Serie B before will tell you: ‘When you start playing for a better team, everything becomes easier.’ Which is true, because the team is stronger and your team-mates as well. I think that with Barella, it could be a great ‘battle’, even with both on the same side

2020 01 26 Retrieve

[Radja Nainggolan admits he took a degree of satisfaction from scoring the goal that earned Cagliari a 1-1 draw at Inter after being ‘treated like a toy’ by his parent club] I have a lot of respect for the Inter fans and for my former team-mates. But I felt treated like a toy. On one hand I’m happy for the goal, on the other I’m not as I wish my ex-team-mates the best.

Who knows [what will happen in the future]. I’m concentrating on each game as it comes. I’m having fun, I have some excellent team-mates and we’re playing for something special.

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Exiled Inter star Nainggolan says ‘door is always open’ for Roma return] I would go back to Roma. If the conditions are right, I would go back. The door is always open. I lived beautiful years there, where they love me, where I always gave everything.

It was my choice to go to Inter. They had Spalletti, with whom I had a good time at Roma. My choice was easy. Spalletti, for me, is the best coach I have ever had. But if you asked me if I was happier to have arrived at Inter or sadder to have left Roma, I would have told you the latter. Maybe I wasn’t myself, maybe a little because of guilt or maybe other things. I can’t explain it. I could give more. Then Inter dumped me, even though I went to China on tour. I already knew that I would not play the friendlies, but I left the same.

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Currently out of favour at the San Siro and on loan at Cagliari] I would go back to Roma. If the conditions are right, I would go back. The door is always open. I lived beautiful years there, where they love me, where I always gave everything