The Week in Quotes

“I'm not afraid to say that I want to be the best. I'm not afraid to say I want to try get on the level that Ronaldo and Messi got to. That's my aim: to be winning trophies season in, season out; scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out.” Harry Kane to Gary Neville [The Overlap]

“The perfect player? I think the physicality of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic’s elasticity, the heading game of Sergio Ramos, Mbappe’s speed, left leg of Messi, my right foot, Lewandowski’s positioning, the tackling of Kante and the creativity in the midfield of Verratti.” Neymar

"It is hard to choose just one player to say this one will be the best, but I think it is exciting to see this new generation of young players, like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who are coming through. Some players can have one or two great seasons, the really great players are the ones that keep doing it season after season, and that is not so easy to do. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of commitment." Cristiano Ronaldo

“I think it's funny how people talk about our league. They mostly look at the results that we have every weekend, which are big numbers, and just assume that it's because everyone is so sh*t. But the fact is that [the other teams] are not sh*t – we are just really, really good." Caroline Graham Hansen of Barcelona

“I remember it in slow motion, the moment he struck it, the minutes on the clock, and what that meant. After that it’s like an explosion – all the emotions that we’d been keeping in check rushed to the surface, a kind of collective madness.” Iker Casillas on Andres Iniesta’s winner in the South Africa 2010 Final [FIFA.com]

“You pinched yourself as you walked out and thought, ‘Wow, this crowd is for us’. It gave you goosebumps. It was really surreal because, as a female footballer growing up, you only ever dreamed of playing in the World Cup and European Championship. It was never a dream to play in the Olympics because there wasn't a GB squad. It was a brilliant opportunity to experience and you got to come out as an Olympian.”

Kelly Smith on walking out in front of 70,000-plus for England-Brazil at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 [Sportsmail]

"I look at Leo, who has gone nine seasons in a row scoring at least 30 goals, and it seems like a video game. If you do that on the Playstation, they'll tell you that you're messing with people and you know all the tricks.”

Ivan Rakitic [Goal]

"I am very happy. I have always said that I wanted to play with the best players. There are not many players who are better than Benzema in the world.”

Kylian Mbappe