“Football is very fast nowadays, but even if you run like Forrest Gump, if you don’t understand the game, you won’t be at the right place at the right time.”
FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca speaks with FIFA.com, looking ahead to the cycle leading to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™
“I want to thank my team-mates and the staff for the amazing support I've received so far. I know I'll be in the best of hands moving forward and I'll be doing everything I can to get healthy as soon as possible. This is obviously a very difficult time, but I do feel super confident in my recovery as I've gone through this before and I know what the process will be like."
USA women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe after suffering a torn right knee ligament during training
“Absolutely massive. Everyone is looking forward to it, everyone is excited and the guys are waiting to welcome the World Cup to India. It's going to be massive, it's good for India because people are appreciating ISL and FIFA coming to India is a big, big thing.”
‘God of cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com on the FIFA U-17 World Cup coming to India in two years’ time
Ronaldinho congratulates legendary Sao Paulo and Brazil goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who announced his retirement this week. His tweet reads: Congratulations for your career and your trajectory. You are an example of an athlete and person. Good luck in this new phase
Parabéns pela tua carreira e pela tua trajetória. Você é um exemplo de atleta e pessoa! Boa sorte nessa nova etapa! pic.twitter.com/jaHmJ57uNr
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) December 6, 2015
"On a personal level, I am happy for another record. I don't seek out records, records seek me out."
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring four goals against Malmö in the UEFA Champions League
“If the bill was sent with a wink, I would like to pay on receipt, even if I think that our groundsman could mend the penalty spot faster.”
Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz on receiving an invoice for pitch repair after he tore up the turf around the penalty spot at Koln’s Mungersdorferstadion after the hosts were awarded a spot kick, which Hitz saved when Anthony Modeste slipped and fell on his approach
“The funniest thing that ever happened to me was on a flight with the national team, when I was given a seat right next to the emergency exit. Before we took off a flight attendant came and asked me, for security reasons, if I was old enough to be seated there. You can imagine how much my players laughed at that.”
Ecuador women’s national team coach Vanessa Arauz, the youngest person ever to take charge of a side at a FIFA World Cup, in conversation with FIFA.com
"I work hard every day to be the best I can be, so to be nominated seven times and win this award for a second time means a lot to me. I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow nominees and this fantastic initiative, which celebrates African footballers - shining a light on our wonderful continent. We have so much talent in Africa, so I am determined to continue to achieve on the pitch and use my success to help lead the way for the next generation."
Manchester City and Côte d'Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure after being named BBC African Footballer of the Year
"Football has given me pretty much everything. It's given me a family, a status and respect, and it helped me get out of my neighbourhood and avoid alcoholism. Football is like living in a bubble where everything is easy and within reach, which is why I tell my boys not to burst it in case something happens to them. I give them advice and guidance. I tell them to look after their money and invest it wisely. I use all my experiences I've been through in trying to reach out to players and make sure they work hard and keep their feet on the ground."
Club America coach Ignacio Ambriz in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com ahead of his side's FIFA Club World Cup encounter against Guangzhou Evergrande
"Imagine if we play Champions League football at the Britannia Stadium in five years. It can happen. If you can say five years ago you would not imagine me to be here...Who knows? Next year? Two, three, four years? Each player has to do their best to make these ideas come true."
Stoke City's Bojan Krkic speaking with The Guardian following his side's impressive 2-0 home win over Manchester City
In case you missed it, enjoy our collection of quotes from footballers around the world giving their views on the FIFA Ballon d'Or and FIFA Women's World Player of the Year nominees.