Belgian international Radja Nainggolan insists he can never be accused of not giving his all, as the Cagliari star opens up on his private life and footballing career.
As the Cagliari star, he has often been considered a bad boy of football.
An enforcing central midfielder, who was a star at Roma, made a big-money move to Inter Milan.
That turned out to be nothing short of 12-month infatuation.
In an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, he talks about his reputation and the mistakes he has made.
The footballing star now faces one of the toughest battles of his life off the field.
His wife Claudia is battling cancer.
He admits he has his vices.
“My weakness is that I like to go out drinking with my friends or go out dancing, stay out a bit late, but only every now and then.”
“Sometimes I just like staying at home. I take it day by day.”
But he insists he always took care of business.
“I can say proudly that I always did what I needed to do and gave my all on the pitch.”
“The determination, hunger and even anger I put into my football is what makes people appreciate me representing their team.”
“I like that they call me a warrior.”
Nainggolan is the first to acknowledge his mistakes but will not accept being accused of not giving 100%.
“I have no regrets.”
“I know I did some things wrong off the field, and I am well aware that I haven’t always been responsible in my private life.”
“But that’s part of who I am.”
“Nobody can ever say I didn’t give my all in my work. That is my greatest satisfaction.”
His departure from Inter was not all footballing, as his wife’s diagnosis with cancer played an integral role in his latest career decision.
“It is a difficult time, but Claudia has so much courage.”
“She is trying to disguise her emotions and, above all for the kids, be the same as always.”
“If I returned to Cagliari, it was also for her.”
“She has her parents here, her friends, the places she loves.”
“It helps her to face the situation in a different way.”
Nainggolan has had a career that has spanned six clubs, 467 games, 54 goals, and 43 assists.
The kind of form from a central midfield player that has seen him linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United and even top sides in La Liga.