AC Milan midfielder Rade Krunic has spoken at length about life away from football including his passion for tattoos and for a Batman character in particular.
Krunic has gained a reputation as being a versatility man for the Rossoneri in recent months given the amount of positions he has played and the trust he has from head coach Stefano Pioli, and Milan TV have released an interview with the Bosnia international mostly based around life away from the pitch.
Starting with his tattoos, he said: “The idea came from when I followed football as a child, I loved seeing the players I followed when they were tattooed, especially Beckham, even if I would never do so many. When I was young, because of my parents. I couldn’t have parents, but when I left home I decided to get my first tattoos. We in Bosnia get few tattoos, I only saw the players,” he said (via MilanNews).
“To me they all mean something, especially in the beginning: I couldn’t do some tattoo that didn’t mean anything. I made them slowly, in five years, and now they have become enough.
On the Joker tattoo: “I have Joker, even if it’s out of my style, but I did it because I like him, what he presents and what he thinks: you only live once.”
On his sisters’ initials: “I was 20 and I made two initials: my two sisters. They are two important tattoos, my sisters are the most important in the world. My parents are not tattooed and dad always said not to exaggerate, he had just fear of that.”
On the most painful: “The most painful is the ‘Our Father’ in my language, it took me almost three hours”.
On the homeland: “The warrior is for what happened many years ago, for how much we have suffered over time. This is why I made a warrior who prays in front of the cross. Then I also built the church of my city, where I was born and where my parents live.”
On dreams: “It is I who go up to my dreams. Then I completed it with lucky charms such as the four-leaf clover and the rose. In addition I put a compass, which shows the most important things in my life, which are faith, football, family and friends.”
On the dates: “These are the dates of my family’s birth, and underneath it is written ‘My family is my life’. They have made so many sacrifices for me and to give me the opportunity to become who I am.”
On his shirt number: “I got number 33 because it was free, then when I went to Serie B I got 8 because it wasn’t possible to take 33.”
On the word ‘Trust’: “I did it for the two hands underneath, of which one hand has a snake instead of a finger: this means that you have to be careful of the people around you.”
On an important sentence: “Here is the Joker sentence and then there is the most important sentence of my life: ‘If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. Do anything but never stop trying’.”
On the next ideas: “I have so many ideas, I would like to do the back and the other arm. I liked both of Beckham’s arms, but I am not married yet, I have no children and I wanted to leave the space. Then I would like to tattoo any trophy we should win.
“Then I have in mind a tattoo that talks about Milan, which means a lot to me but that I would never do before leaving Milan, I want to explain what Milan is. I know everyone says that, when they come to a team, it is always It was a dream, but for me it really is.
“When I talk about this, I really speak and I do it with my heart. They are the colours that I have always liked and I made them before I came here, so it could be my destiny.”
A special interview with Rade, getting to know more about his passion for tattoos 🎥
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