“You look at our senior side, we have some of the best players in the world. Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, Ferdinand, Rooney... if they were in the Barcelona squad I'm sure all of them would start.”
“I think maybe Fabregas' head is not there anymore at Arsenal. I think the captaincy was given to him for a reason - not the right reason - I don't think he's a good captain.”
Lee Dixon, the former Gunners right-back
“Right now, Aguero is one of the three or four players who are a little bit above the rest in the world.”
“It’s pretty evident the way Barcelona and Spain are playing ... that’s the way you’d want your team to play. They’re great to watch. It’s certainly the best football I’ve ever seen. If we’re going to start with this blank sheet, then why not try to emulate the best? They’ve set up something that works, so when Pep Guardiola - a product of the system - comes in, it works. There’s no reason why we can’t do the same thing.”
“My only wish as I bow out finally is that the Super Eagles should start winning trophies again. Trophies are what determine the success of a team and the fact that we have not won trophies since 1994 is a clear indication of where our football is. The only way I can enjoy this retirement is for the team to start winning trophies. We need to win the next Nations Cup and think of winning the World Cup also. These things are not out of reach if we are serious. We won a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, so I believe if we are determined we can also win the World Cup trophy.”
"Mourinho is a much better coach [than Helenio Herrera]. He has a lot more charisma than Herrera had and he knows how to read a game. Helenio was a great motivator and always bigged up our opponents to get us fired up. But he had little idea of how to prepare us for the games in a tactical sense. He was very limited in that way and knew very little about tactics.”
“Usami is one of the biggest talents around in Japan. He is similar to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.”
“Totti is not only the King of Rome, but of the world.”
“I do not compete with Messi, I compete with myself and with all the teams in the league. Messi is a great player who is in a great team with great players. He is someone I like a lot, and he can be the best because he has shown it."
“Bielsa’s tactical lessons were extremely long. Sometimes players would fall asleep during them.”
Hernan Crespo on Marcelo Bielsa
"I like all sports, but it's the first time I have the opportunity to train with a professional football team and I enjoy it with great enthusiasm."
Sebastian Vettel, F1 world champion, after training with New York Red Bulls
“There are so many things in a coach’s life that I don’t like: staying in hotels the night before games; the fact that a third party’s mistakes might undo the work you've done. Add into the mix that I’m a very forward person, I can’t help speaking my mind. I think that during my sporting career I already did what I enjoy most in life: playing football.”
Carlos Valderrama to FIFA.com on whether he plans to coach