Nainggolan: Too many ‘yes-men’

Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has slammed the ‘yes-man’ culture in football but admits not going to the World Cup is ‘a really tough blow’ to take.

Nainggolan is considered a leading non-conformist in the game, although his eccentric ways were allegedly behind Roberto Martinez’s decision to overlook him for Belgium’s World Cup squad.

“Not going to the World Cup is a really tough blow for me because I’ve already missed one,” the midfielder told VTM.

“After my career, I don’t want to have anything to do with the world of football. There are too many yes-men.

“I say what I think and what I feel. That’s my problem, but I’ll always be like that. I live day by day, and every day can be the best of my life.

“I’m a professional, I train and work hard. I’m also a father who brings his children to school in the morning.

“Dollar tattoo? It was in Las Vegas. I lost a lot of money and then I said to myself: I have to get a tattoo so I can remember this day.”

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