"It's remarkable that Javier Zanetti is making his 800th appearance for Inter. I don't even think I've seen 800 games in my whole life! The captain ought to be cloned, because in my view he is not human, he’s bionic."
Andrea Stramaccioni on Javier Zanetti ahead of the Argentinian’s 800th appearance for Inter Milan

"Today the players blow a kiss to the camera and it appears all over the world. In my day we had to play in every country to be known. The only reason I’m not famous on the moon is because I didn’t play there."

"We've got special plans for Everton's giant midfielder Marouane Fellaini. We're putting Barry Bannan in a grow-bag!"
Paul Lambert on how his Aston Villa side plan to negate the influence of the 1.94m Belgian

"Yes, he is ‘The Only One’ – the only one crazy enough to say something like that. He's so crazy he's in a straitjacket."
Johan Cruyff responds to Jose Mourinho labelling himself ‘The Only One’

"I’ve played against Messi and Ronaldo, but the best player I’ve ever played against, and the most elegant player, was Zidane. You thought he was going to be clumsy because of his height, but you soon realised how skilful he was with the ball. He had everything. It was such a pleasure to watch him play, amazing."
Santi Cazorla

"We can talk about Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are nothing like Ibrahimovic. At almost 100 kilos and 1.96 meters, he's the best target man in the world."

"No-one demands that Dortmund be the champions. But at Bayern you have to be the champions. That is a huge difference."
Oliver Kahn

"Zlatan’s a good friend, but I'm going to set us a challenge to see who scores more goals. Even though he's in the better team, it doesn’t matter, I'd bet on myself."
Adrian Mutu after joining Ajaccio

"It's nigh on impossible to mark him. In training we usually pull his hair, but obviously you can’t do that in a game!"
Phil Jagielka on Everton team-mate Marouane Fellaini

"Maradona was a great player, but only really used his left leg. Messi resembles him in that sense. Neymar is an exceptional player and has the potential to surpass both by being more complete."