"People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, 'Ok, let’s do this, come and have a trial,' it would be impossible for me to say no. I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference. I would be the fastest player in the team, but I can play as well. I am in Britain for a few more days. If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call, he knows where I am."
Usain Bolt on the prospect of playing for Manchester United

“When someone tells me I can't do something, I'm going to prove them wrong. That's what a champion is all about, and that's what I am – a champion. I don't think there is anyone who trains harder than I do. I fought harder, dug deeper, and I wanted to make all those doubters out there wrong, and that's what I did.”
Carli Lloyd after recovering from being written off to score both goals in USA’s 2-1 win over Japan in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament final

"I am adamant in saying this: Neymar is priceless. Millions and millions of euros, dollars and reais couldn’t afford him. He is a unique player, and he is the great idol of Brazilian football. It’s impossible to begin negotiations for him.”
Luis Alvaro, Santos president

"An understudy for Milito? There isn't another centre-forward as good as Milito. Would we ideally have a player who can act as back-up for Milito as well as operating out wide? It's difficult to find someone who can carry out the centre-forward role the way he does and do a job on the wing too. Perhaps Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo could do it.”
Andrea Stramaccioni

“Xavi is a player who is more important than the coach.”
Vicente del Bosque

“Sometimes you can give everything and it is not enough. It is like a love story: you can give a lot and the other person still walks away.”
Bruno Bini following his France team’s 1-0 loss to Canada in the bronze-medal match at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament

“When somebody's paying £45m for a 19-year-old boy, you have to say the game's gone mad."
Sir Alex Ferguson following Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Lucas

“Ibra and Cassano have threatened to cut my Mohawk off a few times, but they’ve never got the scissors in their hands. The girls really like it though, so I keep it.”
Stephan El Shaarawy

“I feel sick, speechless. Just doesn't seem fair. You’re forever in my heart, Captain Kirk. I Love you brother.”
Ben Speas tweets following the death of his 22-year-old Columbus Crew team-mate Kirk Urso

“I think it’s time to say enough. I always have a desire to play football, but what’s left? I’ve played with Diego [Maradona], Enzo [Francescoli] and Romario.”
Ariel Ortega upon announcing his retirement from playing

"I can't stand average players who get too big for their boots. I would have preferred not to have been crowned champions at this rate.”
Louis Nicolllin, the Montpellier president

“In every dressing room there are moments of tension, but it’s not as if in the Scudetto-winning season we were all hugs and kisses. There are characters you need to be kind with, and others who need to be thumped!”
Massimiliano Allegri