The Week in Quotes
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"Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football: brilliant on the old YouTube; cat [urine] in reality. It’s amazing what some decent YouTube footage can achieve. I'll have to get one up doing some keepy-ups in the garden People should stop chatting pony. He isn't in the same stratosphere as the boy Messi and that Ronaldo fella. Stop going on about goals in Brazil league as well. I once scored 77 in one season in the Rainhill and Byrne U-14 league, and that’s a stronger comp."
Joey Barton

“I say that for a sportsman, after the age of 30 you become like a dog – each year is worth seven!”
Gianluigi Buffon

"Totti has the technique of a South American. He has deserved to win more Serie A titles with Roma, and a European Cup or the Ballon d'Or. He's an extraordinary player. He has a quick brain, he thinks with his feet, and sees things that only the best players can see. He is among the greatest [ever].”
Falcao on fellow Roma legend Francesco Totti

“In the 1998 World Cup and in Euro 2000, we had a genius in Zidane, but the key player was Didier [Deschamps]. To play football and win, you need players who have can use their heads. When I arrived at Barcelona, I enjoyed playing with people balanced and normal: Puyol, Valdes and Iniesta. This is because they are not footballers who think they are the centre of the world. The French, however, have forgotten how to be humble. The humility to understand that when you play for the France team, it is something much more important than your own self."
Lilian Thuram

“The best Premier League player? Gareth Bale, a force of nature."
Pablo Zabaleta

"I had already said it: Benzema keeps confirming he’s useless.”
Raymond Domenech

"I'm not a fan of his style of play, but he has an amazing personality. He is very intelligent, has incredible charisma, and a rather special way of managing things. He says that a coach needs to be an actor and I agree with him. It's important not to always show your emotions when you're surrounded by your players. It's all about what the players need to see and need to hear. Will it benefit the team or not when their coach enters the dressing room frustrated and throws around teacups? It all depends on the situation and Mourinho knows exactly how to behave in every situation. He always draws attention to himself. Not just because of his ego, but because he wants to take the pressure off his players. I really admire what he does."
Eric Cantona

“There is only one player who is doing things that I could never do, and that is Messi. I do not think there is an Italian footballer who I would place above myself in a list. The numbers speak for themselves."
Francesco Totti