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'Drinking & Smoking Doesn't Make Me A Bad Person'

A high-profile footballer, who was surprisingly left out of his country's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, has insisted that drinking and smoking does not make him a bad person.

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Inter Milan and midfielder Radja Nainggolan has received a lot of criticism for enjoying a drink and a smoke in his private life, things that are often frowned upon for top-level footballers.

However, the former Roma man feels people are too quick to judge him, and insisted that his habits do not make him a bad guy.

"I drink and smoke moderately," Nainggolan said, according to France Football.   

"Even a footballer can smoke, even if it's not a 'normal' job. I can assure that I am a normal guy. I'm not a 'bad boy' like many people say. I can live a normal life." 

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The Belgian has played 12 games for Inter so far this season, scoring three goals along the way.

Do you think drinking and smoking could be the reason Nainggolan was left out of Belgium's World Cup team? Let us know in the comments section below.


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