"My defining moments are enjoying the success I have with my friends and family”.
Exclusive interview with Gini Wijnaldum
"To be fair, I’m still learning about it, I’m not really that active. I see some people use their social media more, I use it sometimes to show people my life. I’ve tried to use it and help with the issue of racism because with social media you can reach a lot of people and followers. Footballers, athletes, movie stars all have big followings, and social media helps to reach out, so it is important to use the platform to help and learn"
Can you tell us about your childhood and what it was like growing up in Rotterdam?
"I had a great youth, I lived with my mother from the moment I was born until the age of five, then my mother decided to move to Amsterdam, but I didn’t want to go. When I was growing up, me and my cousins would always go to my grandmothers after school because my mum and aunties were working, so when my mother wanted to move, I asked to stay with my grandmother, because this was normal for me. It took a lot of persuading as she didn’t like it but agreed to let me stay".
Who would you say is the best player you have played with and against?
"This is always a tough question, I played with so many good players during my career who all have different qualities. It is difficult to answer who is the best because you have really good defenders like Virgil, but then attackers and midfielders like Arjen Robben and Sneijder, they were amazing. The front three at Liverpool are amazing players, and also the midfielders I play with. It is so difficult to answer this question because they all have their own qualities".
After your season, where is your favourite holiday destination you like to visit and relax?
"I love Dubai. I love to go to Dubai, that is one of my favourite destinations. I like to travel to experience other places, I like seeing other countries and seeing how beautiful they are".
“The favourite thing I like about SWM is the fashion, the lifestyle and the vacations. When I want to see new places, I go to the magazine and Instagram page to see where I can go and how. l also like to see the various products and services the partners have to offer. I really like to see the watches I can buy. It’s great to see the things SWM can offer a player. I watch the Instagram daily and read the magazine and how it can help me.”