The Week in Quotes
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"You want to compare me to Ibra? Well, that's a compliment... for him!"
Mario Balotelli when a reporter likened him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"If Bale is worth €100m, I would have been priceless. No Englishman who has ever come to Spanish football has succeeded.”
Hristo Stoichkov thinks the Welshman is overrated and English!

Neymar is a cyclone. Nobody can stop a force of nature. He’s going to explode at Barcelona and it won’t take long for it to happen.”
Carlos Alberto Parreira

"Pep and Mourinho fought out an interesting battle in Spain over the course of several seasons and our coach came out victorious by a mile. There's always a certain tension between them. I did not speak to Pep about Mourinho, but they aren’t the best of friends. Pep is our valued and respected coach. I don't even want to judge Mourinho. The fact is though that we didn't try to hire Mourinho but went for Guardiola. I'd say that we made a pretty clear statement with that."
Uli Hoeness

"How good is Paul? He's worth more than Gareth Bale, that's for sure. If Bale is worth €100m, Pogba is worth at least double that. Pogba is a Salvador Dali because he is so precious and important."
Mino Raiolaagent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

“Why don't I have a nickname? To be scared of me, you just have to see me play!”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic responds to being asked why he doesn’t have a moniker like fellow Ligue 1 strikers Edinson Cavani (El Matador) and Radamel Falcao (El Tigre)

“He's the best player in MLS? If he's the best… I've seen much, much better in Europe. If he was so good, he would still be with Tottenham.”
Pa Modou Kah on Clint Dempsey after marking him in Portland Timbers’ 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders

“Who is Kah?”
Sigi Schmid responds to Pa Modou Kah’s criticism of Clint Dempsey

“A lot of teams have figured out how to win against Spain. I’m impressed by Brazil. They have a young team and can win it at home.”
Usain Bolt to FIFA.com on who will win next year’s FIFA World Cup™

"The two goals were for my wife Martha and my daughter Bianca. I didn’t score a third because I didn’t have anybody to dedicate it to!”
Luca Toni following his double in Verona’s 2-1 win over AC Milan

“Of course it’s a real compliment and, yes, I do feel a bit Brazilian. The facts prove that the very best players come from here, while there can’t be many places in the world where you go out on the street and see so many people wearing their clubs’ shirts. In Suriname, people really follow the Brazilian national team. When I was watching the 1986 World Cup with my dad, he had to take me outside and calm me down after Brazil lost to France. I was crying with anger, because it was Zico’s last tournament. For me, he was what football was all about.”
Clarence Seedorf to FIFA.com on how he feels about being called ‘the most Brazilian foreigner in Brazil

“I think we're seeing a little bit of a tipping point right now. When you have a guy like Clint Dempsey, with all that he's done and the player that he is, wanting to be in our league, it makes a big statement. You look at someone like Robbie Keane, who I think we can all agree could play anywhere in the world, and he has decided to come here. Everybody wants to be here. When a guy like David Beckham comes here and leaves, now I speak to players in Europe, and they say, 'Gosh, David couldn't stop raving about what a wonderful place the LA Galaxy is.' So I love being here. I love playing here. I get to play in front of my family. We have a beautiful stadium here at StubHub Center. We have wonderful fans. We're a successful team.”
Landon Donovan on why he committed his long-term to Los Angeles Galaxy