“I wasn’t even called up for the game. I was at home playing video games, listening to music, and I came to the Vila Belmiro to watch the match. Victor couldn’t play and I only found out [I was on the bench] when I was already at the stadium. I had the opportunity, I went on, and I scored. It was meant to be.”
Gabriel Barbosa, aged 16, after scoring the only goal in Santos’ victory over Gremio in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil tie

"To our fans, I'm sorry you had to pay money for this sh*t. It was an absolute disaster, a disastrous performance from everyone who was involved.”
Rene Adler following Hamburg’s 5-1 defeat at home to Hoffenheim

“He is the best striker in the world. He had no clear chances and it is just incredible how he ended up with two goals. It stops with him: he is the best. I don't know how many goals he will score this season. A hundred, maybe a thousand! One thing is for sure: he is going to score a lot."
Michu on Robin van Persie following Swansea City’s 4-1 loss at home to an RVP-inspired Manchester United

“Cavani will be remembered for all the goals he scored, but I don’t want to be remembered here just for scoring goals – I want to go down in history just like Maradona.”
Gonzalo Higuain on his Napoli ambitions

“I don't like comparing players, but when Christian Benteke crashed in his superb equaliser against Chelsea, it was impossible not to think of Didier Drogba. It's hard to believe he's still only 22 because he's a real monster. He’s got tremendous physical power, but also has the touch and ability to bring people into play.”
Jamie Redknapp

"My level was at the very top all season long and I won everything that could be won. There are compelling arguments [in my favour]. Messi and Cristiano scored more goals than me, but I took the treble and, in these awards, titles are always important."
Franck Ribery on whether he, Lionel Messi or Cristiano should win the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13

“You’re from The Only Way is Essex. So, where are you from?”
Ron Atkinson, the former Manchester United manager, has a dozy moment upon meeting TOWIE star Mario Falcone on Celebrity Big Brother UK

"We still have a score to settle. We can't make the Champions League final defeat disappear, but we will try and win this title with vengeance.”
Thomas Muller on Bayern’s Munich’s forthcoming reunion with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup

"It's a great city on many levels. It has a very distinctive culture and a new philosophy, which I'm learning. They know what they want here and they are very well organised. Working on a daily basis with people like Bergkamp, Stam or Frank de Boer is fantastic. My spirits are lifting again because I feel like a key part of the team. I feel very happy. Every team wants to play good football and has young players. They don't go out to defend. That makes football fun in Holland. People aren't arrogant here either. Footballers are much more modest and are very positive. The league itself is very appealing."
Bojan on life in Amsterdam and with Ajax

“Of course it is about winning trophies. My DNA didn't change. I am not the kind of person to be at the same club for three or four years without winning a trophy. In this case, I don't need the club to say, 'we are not happy with you, goodbye.’ I will be the first one to say, 'I gave everything I could but I didn't succeed, so let's both go and try a different thing'."
Jose Mourinho

“Let them blame me again for the defeat.”
Dejan Lovren, who feels he was made the scapegoat for Lyon defeats several times last season before a move to Southampton, on his former side’s 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad

“Being a pilot is much harder than being a footballer. You work hard physically as a footballer but the days are very short. I’ve been away from home a lot more as a pilot than I ever was before. I’m just finishing a five-day working period at the moment and I’ve been up at 4am every morning, which is a big difference to what I was used to. Then again, being able to see the sunrise – getting up above the clouds – is always something special. Also, I can be flying anywhere across Europe really but I’m based in Trondheim and flying back here takes me over my old stadium with Rosenborg, which is always nice.”
Former Celtic and Rosenberg forward Harald Brattbakk to FIFA.com

"Disgusting. Congratulations and thank you to the brave fans who made the trip to this rotten game. I am disgusted and sorry for them.”
Eric Bautheac on Nice’s 2-0 loss to Apollon Limassol in Cyprus