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5 footballers of South East Asian origin you didn’t know about

When it comes to world football, South-East Asia does not really fall in the upper bracket. However, it does have a vibrant diaspora of footballers who have made a name for themselves at club and international level. These players were once eligible to represent their native countries but by now, they have already starred for the adopted national teams.

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FourFourTwo compiles a list of world-class footballers of South-East Asian descent who you didn’t know about.

#1 Radja Nainggolan (Belgium, Inter Milan)

Born to a Belgian mother and an Indonesian father, Radja Nainggolan, has a rare mix of genes but that clearly did not stop him from becoming a world class footballer.

He began his senior career at Serie B club Piacenza before moving to Cagliari. It was his performances with the Rossoblu that attracted the attention of AS Roma and since then, he has never looked back.

Known for his tempestuous outspoken nature, chain-smoking and proclivity for partying all night, the 30-year-old is a force to reckon with on the pitch. It is the Inter Milan star’s pitbull-cum-artiste style of play in midfield that makes him what he is.

Initially, during his early career, Radja was on the radar of the Indonesian national team but he decided to represent Belgium at the international level.

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