Interview

Toni Rudiger: First, Last and Always

It's time for Toni Rudiger to answer our questions based on the past, recent choices and what crops up time and time again. He recalls making homemade football shirts and his evolving English vocabulary...

 

First: What was the first football kit you ever wore?

It was a shirt I made for myself. My parents didn’t have so much money to buy me one so I made one for myself - it was number nine, George Weah. It was just a white t-shirt and I wrote the number nine and his name on the back.

Last: When was the last time you wore a football shirt of a team you weren’t playing for?

That would be a long time ago when I was like 15-years-old. I can’t remember the team.

Always: What is the best old football shirt you have kept?

I have Lionel Messi’s shirt from when we played Barcelona in the Champions League a couple of years ago. It was a big honour for me to play against a player like him so I just asked him after the game when we shook hands.

I thought for sure he doesn’t want mine but then Cesc Fabregas was nearby and he said ‘give him your shirt, he wants your shirt too!’

First: What was the first tattoo you had?

It was after I made my debut in 2012. That was the first one I put on my left arm.

Last: What was the last tattoo you had?

It was about five years ago and I had my whole chest done. It was pretty painful.

Always: Have you ever had a tattoo removed?

No, I’ve kept them all. I don’t think if you put something on your skin you should remove it with the laser so I just leave them.


First: What was the first movie you really liked growing up?

I liked Free Willy, that’s a nice movie.

Last: What was the last film or TV programme you watched?

The last thing I watched was a documentary about jails. I like them because it shows a different world to mine and it’s very interesting.

Always: What have you watched most often in your life?

A film that I’ve watched a lot is Blood In Blood Out. It’s about the gangs in Los Angeles.

First: When you were a child, where did you go on holiday?

When I was a young child I didn’t go on any holidays. My first holiday was when I was about 19 or 20 when I paid for myself.

Last: What is the most recent place you have visited for a break?

Dubai in the winter break.

Always: Where do you go to most often?

That is Dubai as well, I like it a lot.


First: When was the first time you learned English?

When I was really young, about three years old at home.

Last: What was the most recent new word or phrase you learned?

There is a lot but the last one was rapid. For me, you say the guy is quick but Danny Drinkwater said to me ‘this guy is rapid’ and I didn’t know what that meant. I made sense when I thought about it but I never had it in my vocabulary before.

Always: What in English have you never got the hang of?

I understand most things but Ross Barkley’s English I don’t understand! And also Billy Gilmour – his Scottish accent is very difficult.

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