World Football

The Week in Quotes

Former Argentine football striker Gabriel Batistuta takes part in a polo

"Mourinho is the best coach in the world. He is not God, but he almost is.”
Eden Hazard

“I arrived at Barcelona. I had bought a white suit to look handsome. Unfortunately, everybody was looking strangely at me – [I’d forgotten] white is the colour of Real Madrid! At the end of the first day, the club’s president told me, ‘That, never again!’ The day after I threw the suit in the bin!”
Ludovic Giuly on his first day at the Catalan club

“His nose was on his cheekbone! But that’s Jeb. He’s a warrior. You have to respect players like that, who give everything they have for their team.”
Marco Schallibaum, the Montreal Impact coach, on Jeb Brovsky, who fractured his nose in six places against Vancouver Whitecaps but, after having it filled with gauze and bandaged up, returned to complete the match

“I'm going to need some duct tape, pliers, lots of ice and some poutine! Let’s fix this nose! #Kidding #KindOf
Jeb Brovsky on Twitter

"Which club has €1 billion to pay what he is worth?"
Sergio Ramos on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future

"I don’t know how I would have got on alongside Messi. I'm sure it would have meant me getting fewer goals. I think that I would have gone off to play polo before long!"
Gabriel Batistuta

"Moratti is seemingly in love with Stramaccioni and I honestly don't understand it. This is the worst Inter team I have ever seen. They play badly, hardly score any goals and have lost a lot of games. There's no clear football philosophy or style of play.”
Alessandro Altobelli

“There’s no way to compare Romario and Ronaldo with any other striker in the world currently playing. They were footballing geniuses and today players like them don’t exist.”
*Fred *

“I don't like to see an important player like Iker going through something like this. It is terrible and I don't like it at all. Not so long ago they were putting him forward for the [FIFA] Ballon d'Or and now he's being discarded. He's my friend, he is a role model for a lot of people, he is the Spain captain. He doesn't deserve this.”
Xavi on Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Iker Casillas

"He's absolutely a player I admire. He's the epitome of a loyal, dedicated player who Liverpool have been lucky to have for more than a decade. He's been a bedrock of their defensive qualities for years and years. I loved him. I used to rave about Brucie and the nine years he had with us, and I think Jamie Carragher is that exact same mould - can play with injuries, gets knocked about and gets back up, hardly misses a game. He’s a fantastic player."
Sir Alex Ferguson compares the Liverpool defender to Steve Bruce

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