Who is Antonio Rudiger? Chelsea's £34m man mountain who is known for his great tackles - Full Gist NG

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Who is Antonio Rudiger? Chelsea's £34m man mountain who is known for his great tackles


Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea fans may be underwhelmed by the defender's arrival but the German's strength of character is as impressive as his versatility

"I'm not the typical German," Antonio Rudiger stated earlier this year. "Because, as everyone can see, I'm not white."

It goes beyond that, though, as far as he is concerned, because while the colour of his skin was never
an issue in his home town of Neukolln, he always felt a bit different to his compatriots.

In a bizarre way, he actually felt more at home when he moved to Italy in 2015, after joining Roma from Stuttgart.

He found the locals wonderfully welcoming, explaining that "in Germany, not only the weather is cold, most of the people are very cold too."

Paradoxically, though, it was in Italy that he would experience the darker side of humanity.






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