“My father always told me to play with my heart, and to play up front - as forwards make the most money.”
Radamel Falcao on some wise fatherly advice

“I've given up this year. I've decided to bin it off. I've signed my three-year deal and I thought I'd leave it this year, sit back, have a few cans and a few cigarettes and chill with the kids.”
Grant Holt responds, tongue firmly in cheek, to suggestions he has lost his hunger after signing a new contract

“He was always open to advice and not arrogant at all. He was a great guy in the dressing room. He was really vain, but always in a good mood and making jokes... He's had to work hard to get where he is now. He put in a lot of extra hours after training. And look at where it's got him. He is big, strong, has pace and scores tons of goals. He is a very committed professional.”
Ruud van Nistelrooy on Cristiano Ronaldo

“At 36 years of age, I can look back on a long and wonderful time in professional football, which I could never have dreamed of as a child. Of course, I will miss playing or scoring a goal in front of 80,000 fans, but the last few months without football have shown me that it is time to stop.”
Michael Ballack after announcing his retirement

“I’m still certain that when I finish playing football I’m going to get very fat.”
Antonio Cassano on his plans for the future

“We are like an orchestra. The Berlin Philharmonic do not start playing to the best of their abilities right from the start. It takes practice.”
Jurgen Klopp on Borussia Dortmund’s slow start to the season

“Rafael would have preferred to play for Real Madrid rather than become a tennis player.”
Toni Nadal, uncle and coach of Rafael Nadal

“I think football will lose a lot when he stops. For me, he's the boss. I call him the boss because he's the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he is still managing Man United.”
Jose Mourinho on suggestions he could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson

“It was a moment everyone will remember, and me more than anyone. It was one of the turning points of the final because they could have won it if they'd scored then. That save allowed us to keep hoping and to keep going until the shoot-out. And we all know what happened after that.”
Petr Cech tells FIFA.com about his penalty save in the UEFA Champions League final

“I certify that Falcao is the best in the world. I would not swap him for Messi or Ronaldo.”
Atletico Madrid CEO Enrique Cerezo on Falcao

“If you think I’m arrogant then you don’t know me. But when people keep talking about you, that means you’re an important person.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic