"He goes from 0-50 km/h in a second. For him, the ball is like an extra bone in his body, and he runs with the ball as if he didn't even have it with him. Once he gets going, forget it, you won't catch him. You have to follow his footsteps before then because he'll beat you by ten metres. He has unbelievable pace. He's at his best in the final third – he's unstoppable in that area of the pitch. If Messi is in good shape and if there's another great player in the team, Argentina will be able to do great things in the World Cup.”
“Football is a simple game where 22 men kick a ball about for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans lose a 4-goal lead.”
Gary Lineker tweets a mock of his famous quote following England’s penalty shootout defeat by West Germany at Italy 1990 (“Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.”)
"What Iniesta does is tremendously difficult, but the main man for me is Xavi. He practically doesn’t lose the ball and the makes the team play as he wants."
"He's an amazing, amazing talent. He’s after the Ronaldos and Messis of this world and he's getting better and better. He's almost unplayable when he's on his game. He is a genuine world-class player. He can do everything and could play anywhere. He's the full package. He can head it, he can dribble, he can shoot, he's got a great physique, he's an amazing athlete, he can score with both feet - there are no weaknesses in his game. He is already at the top but any team in the world would love to have Gareth Bale playing for them."
"Since I was five or six, I wanted to be a footballer, and now I am fulfilling many dreams. But I still think have a lot to accomplish. My dreams are first of all to go to a World Cup, win the Champions League, and to be the best player in the world."
"The Milan derby is a very important game, but not like this one. Here there is more rivalry, everybody thinks about the game – it's fantastic."
Davide Santon believes the Tyne-Wear derby is bigger than the Derby della Madonnina
“As a Real Madrid fan, I enjoy watching Messi every weekend, which is probably how Barcelona fans think about Cristiano. I think Messi is better for Barcelona than Cristiano would be and that Cristiano is better for Real Madrid than Messi would be. We just have to enjoy watching them play.”
Rafa Nadal, tennis superstar
“I refused to join Juventus three times. They just want soldiers there, people who only go straight on their tracks. Sometimes I have to go to the right, to the left, where I feel like.”