“Like me or not, I am the only one who has won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of calling me ‘The Special One', people should start calling me 'The Only One'.”
Jose Mourinho

“We played so well that even the Swedes began to support us. I was only 17 years old. My life began that day. And Brazil’s too. Nobody knew anything about Brazil beforehand.”
Pele on Brazil’s victory over hosts Sweden in the 1958 FIFA World Cup™ Final

“Arsenal are part of my life. They've been great to me. We didn't agree on the future - that's life. When I have to make tough decisions in my life, I listen to the little boy inside me. That little boy was screaming 'Manchester United'. Manchester United breathes football. This club is the perfect match for me.”
Robin van Persie

“It’s huge for all American fans and it’s huge for the team. It’s historic. We were well aware that we’ve never won here at Azteca, and it’s an amazing feeling. Tim Howard was absolutely fantastic, he made some unbelievable saves. I’ve said it repeatedly over the past few years that he’s one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, and he showed it once again tonight.”
Jurgen Klinsmann on USA’s 1-0 win in Mexico

“I respect him, but I have no relationship with him, as I don't with a lot of other footballers. There's never been any kind of anger toward Cristiano. It's all made up by the press who want to believe there's a constant duel between the two of us, but I don't compete with Cristiano, nor does he with me.”
Lionel Messi on a supposed individual rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo

“You can’t turn an ocean liner around like you can a speedboat.”
John W Henry, Liverpool’s co-owner, on the need to be patient with new manager Brendan Rodgers

“Milan is Milan and remains a great club regardless of who plays. Let’s not forget that last year they paid 3,000 lire [€1.55] and a fizzy drink for me, but I scored 11 goals!”
Antonio Nocerino responds to criticism that I Rossoneri have lost a host of big-name players and spent very little on replacing them

“It’s another pill to swallow. We’ve swallowed other ones and always survived. But Robin scored 30 goals for us in the Premier League last season, practically one every match. He’s an exceptional player in the pure sense of the term. I haven’t seen many in my life who have that quality in the first touch, are so technically gifted, and have that intelligence of movement in the final 20 metres. I would have preferred to have sold him overseas, to PSG for example, rather than Manchester United.”
Arsene Wenger on Arsenal’s sale of Robin van Persie

“Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's goal tallies aren't out of my reach. It's up to me to improve on what I did last time around, and that's my aim.”
Falcao Garcia

“When I was younger, I was motivated by different things. I wanted to score all the time, I wanted to be famous, I wanted to be popular, I wanted to make money. I wanted to do all of those things, but at the end of it all, those things don't do a lot for you.”
Landon Donovan

“The game was crazy. Bayern Munich scored on about 80 minutes, and with the last corner – our only one – Didier scored. After my penalty was saved I still believed in Petr Cech. He was like an angel and saved the important ones. It was an explosion of feelings when Didier scored that [trophy-winning] penalty! It was destiny.”
Juan Mata on Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final

“There is no doubt Cristiano is better than Messi. He is a more complete player.”
Usain Bolt on the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi debate