Every player, no matter how highly regarded they are in the modern game, will always have their nemesis out on the turf.
AS Roma's robust central midfielder Radja Nainggolan was named the club's Player of the Season due to his excellent performances in a Giallorossi shirt last season, the rugged Belgian international - speaking in an interview with Roma's official website - has revealed the identity of the player who proved to be a thorn in his side.
Radja Nainggolan on his toughest opponent: "Jorginho from Napoli, he plays tight, with one-metre passes & he's difficult to disrupt." pic.twitter.com/rz99Ub8ERh— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) 16 June 2017
“The toughest opponent this season? Let’s say, Jorginho from Napoli was difficult, but maybe not in the way you think," revealed the 29-year-old. "He always plays tight, with one-metre passes, and he is difficult to catch up with and disrupt. You get tired because he always moves the ball around quickly, without moving around himself.
"It’s not that I was in big difficulty against him, but you have to use a lot of energy to keep up with the ball and disrupt what he is trying to do. It can be really difficult sometimes."
After a captivating season at the Stadio Olimpico, Nainggolan managed to snag a double-figure goal tally for the first time in his career, netting 14 times in all competitions for the Italian outfit which finished second in the Serie A standings.
Such assured performances made him the undisputed fan favourite for the previous campaign, although it appears that Roma's sturdy number 18 didn't have it all his own way on a number of particular occasions against Napoli's influential number 14.