“Better than brilliant. It’s not easy to reach the final of the Copa America, especially when it’s being held in Argentina and you have to knock out the hosts. We always swim against the tide, like we did at the Maracana [in 1950], at the 1987 Copa America and now here. We’ve made a habit of winning amazing games.”
Enzo Francescoli to FIFA.com on what he makes of Uruguay's Copa America campaign

“There's only one team in Manchester.”
David Beckham reckons City will never be a patch on United

“If I can get fully fit again and am free in my own head, while having a good relationship with the coach, then I can reach the level of Messi. This is, for me, without question. In my first two years [at Bayern], the level I played at was really incredible. Messi has shown, however, that he can do it for three, four years in a row.”
Franck Ribery

“This is very tough for us to take because we came so close, though I think that Japan have suffered so much and needed to win more than we did. I’d like to think this win can bring a little hope and joy to the Japanese people.”
Abby Wambach graciously accepts USA's loss in the FIFA Women's World Cup™ final

"Even I would have scored one of those penalties".
Lula, Brazil's 65-year-old former president, on Twitter after his side missed all four of their spot-kicks in a Copa America quarter-final shoot-out loss to Paraguay

“I bet you a pizza and a beer that Wes is staying with Inter.”
Dejan Stankovic on Sneijder's future

"Messi is a great player and rightly [the] world player of the year. That's the target you want to try to get to, and hopefully I can. I work hard every day to try to achieve that."
Wayne Rooney

“It’s something that I’m not going to give up on. If I play at the World Cup for just five seconds, my heart will be at peace and I can hang up my boots a happy man.”
Laryea Kingston, 30, who missed out on a place in Ghana's squad for Germany and South Africa

“I don't want to turn Torres into an obsession like you people are trying to do. Every time a player doesn't score, I am asked questions about him. I agree that Torres is a £50m striker but my focus is purely on the performance of the team, not the individual.”
Andre Villas-Boas