Friday April 29 2016
Nainggolan: 'Pirlo the toughest'

Radja Nainggolan reveals the toughest opponents he faced were Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Perparim Hetemaj and Dejan Stankovic.

The midfielder sat down with the official Roma website to answer four questions on his career, specifically the most difficult rivals.

“I usually go and pressure whoever holds onto the ball but it was a really tough job against Pirlo.

“He never stopped swerving this way and that and as well as incredible technique he played with such intelligence. Very difficult to mark.

“Seedorf was a complete footballer. I faced him when I was at Cagliari. He was devastating – technically gifted, physically strong, quick… It was very difficult to play against him.

“Stankovic was very physical and never stopped running – he really was a tank. He fought hard, made sure you knew he was there and was a really tough opponent.”

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in this list is Chievo midfielder Hetemaj, but there is a good reason.

“Away from the pitch he’s really friendly, but when he plays he always gets in your face and is a really frustrating player to face.”

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