The Week in Quotes
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“Mario has all the qualities to win the [FIFA] Ballon d'Or. If he manages to put certain attitudes aside, he can become one of the best in the world.”
Roberto Mancini on Mario Balotelli

“I’m very happy, like all Brazilians. Inter winning this title has come to brighten up Brazil’s defeat in the World Cup.”
Pele on Internacional’s Copa Libertadores conquest

“I have complete faith in the France team of tomorrow. It’s going to explode one day and I’m going to do all I can to be part of it.”
Adil Rami to FIFA.com

“I was clear that I wanted to play for the best, and for me Mourinho is the best. We spoke and he convinced me."
Mesut Ozil on his decision to join Real Madrid

“I remember so many nights sleeping on the streets. When I look at what’s happened, it’s like sport’s version of Cinderella. All the sacrifices have proved worth it. Football can change lives.”
Bebe after joining Manchester United

“Representing your country is the biggest honour for any player. That's also why I’ll never voluntarily retire from the international scene.”
Christoph Metzelder, who has not played for Germany since UEFA EURO 2008, to FIFA.com.

“With guys like Nery Castillo, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Henry and Rafa Marquez coming to play with guys like David Beckham and Landon Donovan, it is really becoming a stronger league. People are getting more and more excited about football.”
Guillermo Barros Schelotto on Major League Soccer in an interview with FIFA.com

“I’ve lived my whole life on the football pitch, but the end of my career is getting close. I want to finish the year well and then decide if I will continue playing. I don’t want to set a date for my retirement. When the time is right I want to say after a game, ‘that’s it’.”
Ronaldo of Corinthians

"It is like a dream. All the players at United were heroes to me, people like Cantona and Ronaldo. I liked Solskjaer a lot and others, like Giggs and Scholes. I wanted to be like them and now I am here, I can promise I will do my best to emulate them."
Javier Hernandez following his Manchester United debut

“We didn't get the kindest of draws, but we still have a chance of qualifying for the EURO. This generation of players has plenty of quality. We need to believe in our strengths and give it our all.”
Rubin Rafael Okotie to FIFA.com on Austria’s chances of reaching UEFA EURO 2012

“When I came to CSKA I was only 19. The team has been like a mother to me. I have lived here for six years, played with good people and won lots of titles. My heart was very heavy. The transition to Juventus is a step forward and I hope I will succeed.”
Milos Krasic after waving goodbye to the CSKA Moscow supporters

“The recent World Cup showed the rest of the world that Africa is actually a good place to be, I think it changed a lot of stereotypes in Europe.”
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac to FIFA.com

“The important thing is that now there will be another match and 90 minutes is a long time at Marassi. I’m confident we’ll put in a great performance.”
Sampdoria scorer Giampaolo Pazzini following a 3-1 defeat away to Werder Bremen in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off

“I received a very good offer from Chelsea and it was a very difficult decision, but I’m very happy at Santos. Money alone doesn’t bring happiness.”
Neymar on his decision to sign a new contract at the Vila Belmiro

“I love the club and I don't see myself going anywhere else.”
Arsene Wenger after penning a new Arsenal contract

“He burst out laughing. He couldn’t believe that a competitor would have to hitch-hike to the Olympics.”
Aleksandar Duric to FIFA.com on showing an invitation from the Olympic Committee to a passport control officer

"I am compatible with Ibrahimovic. Totally. In football nothing is incompatible and less so with such quality players like him.”
David Villa of Barcelona