“He wouldn’t have just left Busquets behind, but even Usain Bolt! Not even a machine gun could have stopped him!”
Pep Guardiola on Alexandre Pato’s goal for AC Milan against Barcelona

“We never stop talking to each other, not even under the shower.”
Djibril Cisse on his relationship with Lazio strike partner Miroslav Klose

“[Rooney] has great courage, wants to play all the time and has incredible stamina. These are added extras to the talent he has. In terms of a Brazilian, you'd [liken him to] Pele. He was a very aggressive attacker also who could look after himself. So can Rooney. They have similarities that way: strength, speed, determination.”
Sir Alex Ferguson

“I think European football is a bit over-rated. Europe’s not the whole continent: it’s England, Spain, Italy... well, let’s stop there. The Brazilian championship is much stronger than a lot of European ones and is up there with Italy, but it doesn’t get the same recognition because it’s not in the first world.”
Sebastian Abreu, the Botafogo and Uruguay striker who has played in seven countries, to FIFA.com

“Those who want to watch us play should get their hearts checked out at the hospital first!”
Levir Culpi after his Cerezo Osaka team fought back from a three-goal deficit to edge Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5-4 on Saturday, and recovered the lead three times to beat Jeonbuk Motors 4-3 on Wednesday

“We play so many games between Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia that nobody can think about playing every single one. Well, nobody except Javier Zanetti!”
Dejan Stankovic

“There's no doubt Messi is currently the best player in the world. But it is my dream too to reach such a level, and I work every day with the aim of winning the [FIFA Ballon D’Or] so I can say, ‘Yes, I am the best player in the world.'”
Sergio Aguero 
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is anarchic. At Barcelona you have to play for the team for the full 90 minutes.”
Xavi on why the Swedish striker didn’t succeed at Camp Nou

“It was dreadful at times, and other times it was much worse than that.”
Colin Calderwood after his Hibernian side’s 0-0 draw with Aberdeen

“It’s a great opportunity for me not just to get a kick about with the guys, but to get to know them a bit. And as a fan, it's fun to get to know them. But as an owner it's also fun to kind of get the temperature of the club and how the guy's spirits are.”
Steve Nash, NBA legend and Vancouver Whitecaps owner, after partaking in a training session

“A player of his level and ability, not to mention that he was free, I think was the signing of the century. I thought, ‘God exists’, because it's truly embarrassing just how good he is. When I saw Galliani in the summer I told him, 'Thanks, because you're really trying to balance out the championship'.”
Gianluigi Buffon on Juventus’ capture of Andrea Pirlo from AC Milan

“If [David Silva] had gone to Barça two years ago, everyone would say he's one of the best players in the world - and he is one of the best players in the world. He's different from Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because they are strikers and score a lot of goals, but I think he's the same as Xavi and Iniesta.”
Roberto Mancini 
“You can simply feel that football is the beating heart of Brazil, a country of joy and celebration, blessed with natural beauty and a booming economy. For all of us, this FIFA World Cup will be a very special experience.”
Jerome Valcke, FIFA Secretary General