“When I receive an indecent proposal I’ll listen to it, but it has to be the kind of offer that takes my breath away. He’s un-sellable, but if someone wants to sit at my table then they need to know that it is an expensive one.”
Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli President, on Marek Hamsik's availability

“I killed off the musician! (laughs) I’d never planned to go into coaching, but it got a hold of me and the fact is you can’t live without football. Music will always be there and one day I’ll throw a party and spend four hours playing, but you have to be professional and that means watching football every day and learning things. So, for the moment at least, the music’s on hold.”
German Burgos to FIFA.com on giving up his rock career to go into coaching

“If he has something to tell you, he does it in private, but if necessary he’ll pin you to the wall!”
Andrea Ranocchia on new Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini

“Neymar has the technique and skills that only the greatest players in this world possess. I'm sure that he will reach the same level as Messi within four years.”

“He once ran a marathon backwards... just to see what second place looked like!”
Ben Yauss, Los Angeles Galaxy's strength and conditioning coach, Tweeting about Mike Magee, after the attacking midfielder-cum-forward produced a heroic goalkeeping performance to earn a 0-0 draw with rivals San Jose Earthquakes. Galaxy No1 Donovan Rickets had sustained an injury, and his replacement Josh Saunders was sent off, forcing Magee to assume the gloves before half-time.

“I want to become a major player in the history of Milan, a symbol, a legend, one of those winning players who have left with big memories and trophies. I would not leave Milan for any club and my desire is to remain with the Rossoneri for as long as possible. I want to play here until they get tired of me.”
Alexandre Pato

“There's no explanation. It's like I've become a father once again.”
Liedson after scoring a hat-trick in Corinthians' 5-0 win over fierce rivals Sao Paulo

"I dream of playing for Barcelona, because I have the chance to win a lot of trophies there. I am still a young player, but I have the ambition to become the best player in the world. I am not afraid of any defender. When they're trying to hit me, I just tell them to play football or go boxing. I don't even know the name of my opponent most of the time. I go out with the goal to beat them and get past them. I don't respond to provocations."
Alexis Sanchez

“Sir Alex Ferguson could never succeed in Serie A. We make decisions based on weekly results.”
Delio Rossi

“I made this big decision as it's a big chance for me, because I want to play for a big club and win the Ballon d'Or. I want to show my skill and my dribbling in Germany as I am doing now for Gamba.”
Takashi Usami after joining Bayern Munich on a one-year loan from Gamba Osaka

“The club are targeting a top player this summer. However, I’ve played against Aguero and, in my opinion, he isn’t one.”
Alessio Tacchinardi warns Juventus against signing the Atletico Madrid striker

“I’ve got one of [Ronaldo's] shirts and I really admire him both for his quality and everything he stands for. I’d have loved to have played up front with him.”
Martin Palermo to FIFA.com when asked which player he most regrets playing alongside

"That is me and Messi. We're right up there. Absolutely."
Barack Obama, president of the USA, on Twitter after being presented with a Colorado Rapids jersey

"I've been at United when Cristiano Ronaldo was there. Cristiano was one of the best players in the world. At that moment I had no worries about him taking my place.”
Nani on whether he was concerned Ashley Young's arrival at Manchester United would deny him first-team football

“What happens in the big games is that he fails to deliver the goods - something that Lionel Messi did for Barcelona. The real stars are those players who shine at the big moments.”
Guti on Cristiano Ronaldo

“I’m fully expecting her to do a Zlatan Ibrahimovic one of these days. She’ll probably get so mad that she’ll snatch the ball off me and then smash it into the back of the net from the spot.”
Lotta Schelin, Sweden's assigned penalty taker, on strike partner Jessica Landstrom, who also wants the responsibility

“I want to win something with the Seleccion more than anybody, and I will do it. I don't know why, but I know that I will win a World Cup. That time will come and I will enjoy it immensely. I don't know why, but something tells me I will win it.”
Lionel Messi