"Falcao doesn’t make me dream! I never have dreamt about a player, and I never will. Of course he’s a great player, it’s great for Ligue 1. I look, I admire, but at night I dream about other things!”
Louis Nicollin, Montpellier president
“He dragged things out of me that no other coach had done before. When I was playing under him, I was feeling like a terminator. I was so confident in my game. From being a cat I felt like a lion.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jose Mourinho
"We've had a number of years with homegrown coaches, first Pep and then Tito. We occasionally tended to exaggerate our possession-based style of play to the point where we were slaves of our own philosophy. Now we have Tata as our coach, who has the same football philosophy but also has other alternatives, and that is a very positive thing in my opinion. If you are under pressure, there's nothing wrong with a long ball every now and then. That changes the game and could give you some rest and oxygen. You have to keep improving and developing in football or you will become predictable."
Gerard Pique on Barcelona’s tactics
"Samuel Eto'o can’t write an SMS or use a laptop. This isn’t a lack of knowledge, it’s just that’s he’s not interested. All he thinks about is football.”
Otto Pfister, former Cameroon coach
"It is an odious comparison. I don't think Eusebio can be compared with anyone – for me he is king. But it’s very subjective to determine who is the best between Eusebio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Diego Maradona or whoever, because everyone has their own opinion."
Luis Figo responds to being asked if Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Eusebio was after the former surpassed the latter to go second on Portugal list of all-time record marksmen
"Today it's easier. I scored 41 times for Portugal in 60 games, but I never played against Liechtenstein and Azerbaijan.”
"I know him and I’m very surprised about his transfer fee. Bale is not an absolute world-class player. I don’tthink he will make it at Real Madrid.”
"I'd say Neymar is the best player in the world at the moment. I played against him in Geneva with Italy and he was simply incredible on the ball."
Stephan El Shaarawy
"I won the [FIFA U-20] World Cup and was named the best player, and it was all beautiful. But I don’t feel like king of the world. I won’t stop because I haven’t yet won the Ballon d'Or."
"I'm nobody. I‘m nothing at all. Like everyone else, I will die one day and finish up in a wooden box. I'm just happy to see that the national team is riding a new, positive wave. It's especially fun to a squad that has struggled for ten years.”
Marc Wilmots on his influence in Belgium’s revival
“We weren’t prepared for it at all but, ironically, this was our best performance of the season. Players returned [from international duty] yesterday at 18:15 – nothing was prepared and you see the result? The coach is useless!"
Laurent Blanc following Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday night