The Week in Quotes
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“I’m working with the 2014 World Cup in mind. Ronaldinho is not too old. He will not be too old in 2014. If Dinho returns to being the player who made all of us fall in love with him, I’ll call him up.”
Mano Menezes

"When one of the national teams calls him, we will decide which one to play for. If Spain is calling, fine. And if France, the same. The important thing now is that he enjoys playing for Real Madrid."
Zinedine Zidane on the international future of his 15-year-old son Enzo

“Leo got what he always craved: the level of applause in Argentina that he receives in Spain. I know that he was very happy.”
Jorge Messi on the ovation his son received when being substituted in a 4-1 victory over the world champions

“Mancini came to me and broke the news that he would be making Carlos Tevez captain. He cited the example of Diego Maradona, who worked wonders once he was appointed Napoli captain. I told him it was not a problem. I'm not more important than the team and the decision was taken for the benefit of Manchester City.”
Kolo Toure

“Spain’s success was well-deserved - in my opinion, they, along with Argentina, produced the highest quality of play. They’re both young teams, just like the German side that finished third, and Ghana. That’s a good sign.”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to FIFA.com on South Africa 2010

"I strained my thigh when I made that challenge, and had to come off later. Was it worth it? Absolutely, this victory was so crucial.”
John Carew on the tackle of Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo that allowed Erik Huseklepp to score the only goal for Norway

"My aim is to stay [at Chelsea] for the same time as Ferguson has spent at Manchester United. Then I can think about the national team. I am serious, but in 24 years I shall be 75 and I don't know whether I'll be able to manage the national team.”
Carlo Ancelotti

“I was pretty riled up about it [being excluded from France’s squad for South Africa 2010]. I knew that I needed to have a big game. It was a great feeling to score as everyone was expecting something from France and from me.”
Karim Benzema following victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina

“The kids have made such a big impact that they’re celebrities now. It’s like Beatlemania wherever we go, and it’s all happened so quickly too.”
Dorival Junior to FIFA.com on his Santos youngsters Paulo Henrique Ganso and Neymar

“I want to do the robot dance again and I hope it’s in the final of the 2014 World Cup.”
Peter Crouch of England

“I hope to conquer the Scudetto and the Champions League, and I believe Milan can do it. I am certain, just as I am certain that we are stronger than Inter and that we will finish first. I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been in my career.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“As the ball hit the post, I felt this weird feeling inside of me. I knew I had let so many people down, but that is football. It hurt me a lot. I'm trying to move on from that heartbreak.
Asamoah Gyan to FIFA.com on the penalty miss against Uruguay that cost Ghana a place in the South Africa 2010 semi-finals

"Who is better between Lavezzi and Ribery? That's an easy answer: Lavezzi is better. No doubt about that."
Jose Sosa, Napoli’s recent signing from Bayern Munich

“The supporters and I share the same mentality: they’re very passionate, sometimes hot-headed, and when I play I can get pretty hot-headed myself. It’s the power of the game.”
Nemanja Pejcinovic of Nice

"This is an unbelievable feeling. If we already start thinking about second or first place in the group, we will have problems. But we are in a great position now and our ambitions must be high.”
Mirko Vucinic following Montenegro’s wins over Wales and Bulgaria

“Come on, John - nobody is harder than you! What would knock others down is, for you, just a couple of days’ rest. Come back soon, rock.”
Francesco Totti to injured Roma team-mate John Arne Riise

“We proved to the whole world that we know how to play football [at South Africa 2010]. We played in an attractive and disciplined manner, and we showed ourselves in a positive light, but now we have to be even more aggressive.”
Eiji Kawashima of Japan to FIFA.com

“Schweinsteiger is not for sale at any price. It doesn’t matter who comes knocking, he is non-transferable.”
Christian Nerlinger, Bayern’s Munich’s general manager

"It was a surprise when Fabio Capello said I was too old. But he spoke to me after that and explained everything to me. He's said if you're playing well and you're fit, you can play.”
David Beckham

Lionel Messi is a class apart from any other player at the moment - he has everything to be the best in the world for the next ten years. I wish he was Spanish.”
Xavi

“Three years ago I said to myself that it was time to do this job seriously otherwise I should go home and sell salami.”
Antonio Cassano