“The WWE is a really interesting thing for me. I think you all remember me from when I weighed 90 kilos. To put on 40 kilos in two years is rare, it’s striking. Gym visits are like an addiction. If I don't go to the gym, it feels like I have done something wrong. And you have to eat, eat, eat. I already have two training sessions behind me, which were incredibly painful and I hadn't expected that! Whatever happens now is up in the stars, I'll just keep continuing my training and who knows where that will lead."
Tim Wiese, the former Germany keeper, on becoming a wrestler

"Iniesta is the boyfriend that every mother wants.”
Sergio Ramos

“I'd do anything for them. I'd make their teas and coffees, even silly things like sit on the toilet to make the seat warm for them in the cold winter days at the training ground. I used to clean Dennis Wise’s boots and he wanted them perfect, so I took really good care of them. Every now and then he gave me a little bonus. Every time he scored I was on £25, which was half my wages at the time. I used to be praying we'd get a penalty or he'd score. During training I would go in and win tackles against first-team players, and I remember at the time people were going, 'Ooh, you can't do that'. Sometimes – the foreign guys especially – didn't like it. Dan Petrescu, once, he got me round the throat, and said, 'What do you think you're doing?' The first one over to back me up was Wisey: 'If you've got something to say, you say it to me, not the younger players'. Me and Dan laugh about it now."
John Terry on his early days at Chelsea

“It’s ruthless. You come in and as a foreigner, it’s not the same banter. They’ll say, ‘you big head’, and you deal with it. Then I’ll go to [Joe Hart] and say, ‘You giraffe neck’ (laughs). It breaks the ice.”
Vincent Kompany on the banter in English football

“I think him becoming the new king, the new Pele, is impossible. My mother and father have shut down the factory.”
on Neymar

Raheem Sterling, one-thousand per cent. He has got zero rhythm. Studge put a video up of him and Jordon Ibe dancing, and Raheem was at the start of the video having a go. That pretty much sums up his rhythm – it’s non-existent!”
Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain on the worst dancer in the England squad

"If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d'Or in my hands. I am convinced that it can happen. I'm a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League. There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga – I constantly have bruises but that makes me harder."
Mesut Ozil

“I won a World Cup with [Mauro] Camoranesi. If Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi had Italian parents, nobody would be saying a word.”
Marcello Lippi
on Italy’s Oriundi debate

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