“Posh. I was going to say cinnamon, but Posh is a lot better and cinnamon’s not going to hit me over the head with a frying pan!”
David Beckham responds to being asked what is his favourite spice

“I love tattoos, I have 24 of them. I'm a female that likes a good boy that looks like a bad boy. I also like the fact that his knees are really muscly.”
Rita Ora, singer, actress and The Voice judge, on Real Madrid’s Marcelo

"Messi and Ronaldo are two players who fight with one another to be the best, like John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Asking me who’s the best is like asking me whether I love my mum or dad more!”
Alessandro Del Piero
“The word I would describe him as is ‘Liverpool’. He’s very much about looking after his people. He loves his city. He’s had numerous opportunities to leave here for prestigious clubs. But Liverpool’s his home. What he’s given to this city, politicians, hospitals and local charities haven’t given to this city.”
Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard

“When he was a kid, Stevie would clean my boots. I told him I would get him some of his own and asked him what size he wanted. '6, 7, 8, 9 or 10!' he answered.”
Jamie Redknapp on Steven Gerrard

“I don’t see similarities between Ronaldo and Di Stefano. Cristiano has ability in certain areas of the pitch. Alfredo could do it anywhere. I've watched football since 1935 and I can assure you that he is the most complete player of all time. He defended, attacked, he counter-attacked. He could strike a ball with his left foot, his right foot, he could head the ball, win it back too – very complete.”
Jose Emilio Santamaria

"Iker is not to blame for the goals. What seems to have happened is the public is just too demanding. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Iker Casillas... These are players who have done a lot for this club. As a rule, one's own players shouldn't be booed."
Rafael Nadal, tennis star and fan of Real Madrid, after watching Real draw 2-2 with Valencia

"I think they are at the same level. Cristiano is a predator in front of goal. You can’t let Cristiano shoot from anywhere in the opposition half. Goalkeepers are scared of Cristiano. They are not so scared of Messi in those areas because he doesn't have the same power as Cristiano.”
Diego Maradona

"Guardiola has already said that their season is over and he's been rotating his team so much that he's unsettling the team. His team no longer has the stability they had for over eight months, enchanting football fans up and down Germany. It seems the players are losing a bit of belief in the coach."
Lothar Matthaus on Pep Guardiola