The Week in Quotes
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“Apart from being a great player we would be getting a showman - he really has the movements of Michael Jackson. He is a professional ballerina. I spoke with Genoa’s Enrico Preziosi yesterday about him. He joked that he’d increased the price for Kevin-Prince Boateng on account of his dancing ability! We have [Clarence] Seedorf, who has a great voice, and with Boateng we have everything."
Adriano Galliani on AC Milan’s bid to sign the Ghana international on a permanent basis

“How can they say there is a better forward than [Carlos] Tevez – he has got to be drunk or a complete idiot. Kun [Aguero] had been overlooked as well. He and Tevez are players who have earned an incredible level of prestige in world football. Everyone criticised me but today's team, which is a joke, is not criticised. In my opinion we have taken 1,000 steps backwards.”
Diego Maradona takes a swipe at his Argentina successor Sergio Batista

"We could be a super team, me as coach and Jens as my assistant. Although I suspect he'll want to have it the other way around."
Oliver Kahn

“People like to compare but they seem to have forgotten [Johan] Cruyff, [Michel] Platini and [Alfredo] Di Stefano, who were better than [Lionel] Messi.”
Pele

"Maicon impresses me with the way he runs. Every now and then I'd like to take a turn on his legs!”
Andrea Ranocchia

“The atmosphere in the Pacific north-west is electrifying. The north-west is going to drag Major League Soccer right to the forefront of possibly being one of the best places in the world to play, right up there with the best leagues. This is going to be a major injection of adrenaline for Major League Soccer.”
John Spencer after watching his Portland Timbers team draw with Seattle Sounders in front of 36,593, a record for an MLS match at Qwest Field

“It has always been an honour for to share that record with Telmo Zarra and now it’s an honour to share it with Cristiano. Cristiano is a fantastic player and he’s a Madridista. I know him personally as well and he’s a delightful person, a really great guy, so I’ll be thrilled for him if he beats it. I didn’t want Messi to do it. I have got nothing against Messi, but he’s a Barcelona player and I wouldn’t have wanted a Barcelona player to beat my record.”
Hugo Sanchez on his joint-record of 38 goals in a La Liga season

"Who is at fault? The players, first of all. The new ones still haven't yet understood what it means to wear the Juventus shirt. The older ones have lost this knowledge and were unable to pass on the winning spirit to the rest of the group. In recent months we've made more of an impact in the newspapers than on the pitch.”
Pavel Nedved

“My head wanted to carry on but my body has said enough. Football is the greatest, and I really enjoyed it. It has given me everything.”
Ivan de la Pena on retiring from playing

“If you speak about the quality of the club and the style of football we play, we have many offers on the table for players who are desperate to join us. [But] if you speak only about money, we are certainly less attractive than some other teams.”
Arsene Wenger

“These were ten unforgettable years and it’s a consensual separation. Do I hope Milan will regret losing me? Yes.”
Andrea Pirlo

“Football is the absolute number one sport in Zambia, we know we can rely on our fans. Qualifying for the African Cup of Nations would mean so much to the whole nation.”
Emmanuel Mayuka to FIFA.com

"Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him."
Pep Guardiola

“I give both Leonardo and Mourinho ten out of ten. To Gigi Simoni and Hector Cuper it’s nine. Roy Hodgson and Mircea Lucescu eight.”
Javier Zanetti rates his Inter Milan coaches

"Guys thank you so much for your support during the all year you were amazing sorry for the dissapointement [sic] during the season."
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri on Twitter

"I came because I support this brilliant team, which is actually the Ukrainian champion, and which won the UEFA Cup in 2009!"
Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian actress, who was a special guest for the 75th birthday of Shakhtar Donetsk