A RECENT Serie A title winner has sensationally claimed that he can drink 20 shots and then still perform on the pitch.
The 34-year-old Belgian international midfielder was part of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan side that became Italian champions in 2021.
Now Radja Nainggolan is back in Italy after signing with lowly SPAL for “peanuts” in January following the end of his controversial stint at Antwerp.
Ex-Cagliari ace Nainggolan first lost his licence for drink-driving and speeding, just ONE week into his Antwerp career.
And in October he was suspended indefinitely for smoking an e-cigarette on the bench.
He ended up being forced to work with the youth team before leaving by mutual consent.
Now he has hit the headlines again by insisting that he could down 20 shots the night before a match and still play the same.
That was after former Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini suggested to La Gazzetta dello Sport that if he hit the booze his performances never dipped while he played for him.
Nainggolan has now told Corriere della Sera: “As a boy I suffered, my family was poor, I made great sacrifices to become a footballer. And now, I don’t give up living, also because nature has given me a body that isn’t affected by the shenanigans I’ve done.
“Everywhere I did shenanigans. At Roma I arrived late, there were videos in which I was not very lucid in the evening and then that famous New Year’s Eve at my house…. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.
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“Maybe that was the craziest night. Well, my videos drunk, smoking and saying words out of place went around the world. I was attacked by everyone, Roma went on a rampage. And they were right.”
Responding to Sabatini’s remarks, he then said: “Sabatini? I called him and told him that eight shots weren’t enough… I can also drink 20. And then I go out on the pitch anyway.
“He loves me, he’s always advised me to have a quieter life. He thinks I would have a better career. But I don’t agree, on the pitch I gave it my all.”