The second best player in Belgium will not go to the world cup…
By technical decision!
He will not wear the shirt of the ‘Red Demons’ in his career either.
After he found that he would not go to Russia, his resignation from the selection came in a matter of hours.
“Why ?!”, “Nainggolan is one of the best” were some of the most common comments on Twitter.
And yes, the player of the Roma is one of the best Belgians among those who play at first level but does not fit in the scheme of Roberto Martinez.
Sad but true.
Radja, from August 2016 (when Martinez arrived at the leadership) to the present, has gone from being a necessity in the Belgian team to be relegated from it. His performances with Belgium have gone down and he is leaving without finding a place.
In the Europe of 2016, he played the role of front-line driver.
He was devoured in defense.
The Belgian found much more freedom in Rome, where he even played ahead of Dzeko on certain occasions. Yes … DZEKO!
Martinez, observing the offensive potential, decides to place him as “10”.
What happened? Well, performances far below the table against inferior opponents.
His absence from the World Cup was radical, but in the World Cup there is no room for doubt.
A team as rich as Belgium has plenty of options to fill spaces.
And cover them, above all.
“The Ninja” maintains that his absence is not only due to tactical issues. Judge Martinez (and half population) to judge him because of his way of being.
He does not care about the lifestyle, literally.
“The truth is that we had a complex relationship because I care what I do in the field and not the lifestyle, also because if I wanted to be an example for the youngest, at this time I would be a teacher or an educator.”
It would be difficult to be a teacher with that look …
Many will miss -or we are already missing- Nainggolan …
Although this feeling may increase when we see Fellaini play.