“Zlatan asked how many goals I’d scored on loan at Valenciennes. I replied that I’d scored two in 21 games. Then he said, in that accent of his, ’And you think that’s good? Bahebeck: two goals, 21 games. Zlatan: two games, 21 goals!”
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck on a conversation with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"I only show emotion at home, and in my bed."
Mauricio Pochettino on why he did not celebrate Erik Lamela’s outrageous ‘rabona’ goal against Asteras Tripolis

Perhaps I’d be in the hood, doing graffiti on walls, or perhaps, I don’t know, robbing people. I don’t know what my life would have been if I hadn’t played football.”
Erick Torres, the Chivas USA forward who was brought up in a poor part of Guadalajara

“He’s not fit to play football. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did. I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, ‘Keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?’ He is the worst professional I have ever come across.”
Harry Redknapp on Adel Taarabt

“I didn’t know there would be a squad announcement today. I always keep an eye out – always. But today was an exception because it’s my father’s birthday. When I got a phone call telling me the news, I wanted to run about, scream the house down. What a day!”
Roberto Firmino on his maiden Brazil call-up

“In Ronaldo and Bale they have two players who could be in the Olympic 100 metres final.”
Brendan Rodgers on Real Madrid

"It happened with Raul, Guti and Morientes. Now it is happening with Casillas. Unfortunately that is Real Madrid.”
Gaizka Mendieta on the Merengue fans turning against club idols

"I wouldn't have a clue who they are to be honest. But I'll let them do the Googling on us.
Antony Golec on Western Sydney Wanderers’ AFC Champions League final opponents and one of Asia’s biggest clubs, Al Hilal

“He’s scored a lot of headers. But his head’s so big, you can’t miss right!?”
Eric Avila on why team-mate Erick Torres is nicknamed ‘El Cubo’ (The Cube)

"Would our team be the best today? Oh, yeah. You look back at the team we had and you think it would cost more than £1 billion to buy those players now. Easy, £1 billion. We had Thierry doing his stuff, Dennis causing problems and scoring goals. Patrick was at his best, Robert could thread passes through the eye of a needle. We had Fredrik Ljungberg, Jens Lehmann, Ashley Cole, myself, Kolo Toure, Lauren. The amazing thing was that we didn’t even cost that much.”
Sol Campbell on Arsenal’s 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ team