“Many people would tell you Samuel Eto’o went to Dagestan because of a salary of €20 million per annum. No! I chose to go and adventure in that part of the world because I wanted to show those who are looking up to me, I mean African youths, that an African footballer can reach such height of earning the biggest pay in the world. I have noticed that African youths no longer have big dreams. They are very limited in their vision these days. They are afraid to venture into the future. I feel the Anzhi project will inspire many.”
Samuel Eto'o

"I do not think I am the greatest after Pele. Robinho is my idol; he will always be better than me. I still have much to do and to achieve. I'm lacking so much. And I do not play to be the greatest of all time. I play to help Santos. This is the team where I have grown up. I've been at the club since I was 12 and have a wonderful story here. I want to end my career here."

"Robben would never have taken that penalty if I were the coach. There's an unwritten law in football that says the one who got fouled shouldn't take the penalty. Maybe this rule was changed, or it hasn't reached Netherlands yet."
Franz Beckenbauer on Arjen Robben’s saved penalty against Borussia Dortmund

Sorry fans of FCB, my performance tonight against Dortmund was just bad. Thanks for the support, also when everything is not going well.”
Arjen Robben on Twitter

"Conte seemed like Al Pacino talking to the team. When I heard him, I jumped off the couch and started doing skip exercises.”
AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso praises the motivational skills of Juventus coach Antonio Conte

"I played with Maradona for seven seasons and he was superb. I even thought that there would never be another player like him, but I have to admit that Messi is better. Messi has not achieved results with the national team, but they will come, for sure."
Ossie Ardiles

"It's the greatest moment of my professional life. I felt as if I was on probation but now I feel like the Celtic manager. I was walking behind Martin O'Neill, Gordon Strachan, Wim Jansen, Billy McNeil, Davie Hay and Jock Stein and now I can step out from behind them and walk alongside them.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennon after his team clinched the Scottish Premier League title

"I hope that he (Balotelli) will wake up soon. He'd be better off letting his talent on the field speak for itself. He could play in any club in the world. I think Mancini looked after him almost as a father would and it's a pity he hasn't realised just how many great things he could achieve."
Marcello Lippi on Mario Balotelli

“Egyptian players unfortunately have not yet understood the meaning of professional football and that it is a job not just a game or a hobby. The mentality of Egyptian or Arab players in general is quite different, they still think of football as a pastime, unlike European players, who live and breathe football and change their whole life to adapt to their jobs as professional players. Once Egyptian players reach that level of professionalism, they will succeed for sure, because we have many great talents.”
Ahmed Hassan to FIFA.com

"The largest pearl, the biggest ruby is Younis. He is stronger than Hazard, Pastore and company. He has more class."
Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin on Younes Belhanda

"We will win the World Cup in 2014. We have a talented generation, with a very strong mindset. These are players who can handle the pressure of representing Brazil at such an important moment, even though they are very young. And we also have experienced players who can balance it out. This will become very clear for the fans soon."
Brazil coach Mano Menezes

“I've always thought that City wouldn't hold the race until the end. Their squad is out of balance, they've got to many individuals who are playing for themselves. Against Sunderland you could see that they don't have team spirit.”
Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen

"I still have a huge affection for all the clubs where I played. Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of the most important periods of my life. I feel privileged to have played for them. It is always difficult to say which team is better [at the moment], because it depends on a lot of factors and is subjective. All I can say is that it is a pleasure to watch Barcelona in action. They're an extremely talented team with plenty of individual quality.”
Luis Figo

“I was treated really well over there and it was a wonderful time in my life. Aside from the cold and the language, I can’t moan about anything. The only reason the transfer [to Flamengo] was difficult was because the club president treated me like a son. He’d tell everyone that he was my father in Russia.”
Vagner Love tells FIFA.com about his time in Russia

“Can you believe it? Beat Marseille and then beat Rennes... it's something fantastic. We like sports and we like football for exploits like this!”
French president Nicolas Sarkozy on amateur outfit Quevilly reaching the French Cup final

"Now everyone is talking about Messi, he is a star. But he must first become better than Neymar. At the moment Messi is just more experienced."
Pele again questions Lionel Messi’s credentials

"Maybe Neymar is the best player in the world, but only if you say that Messi is from a different planet!"
Diego Maradona responds