“It was a corner. We were defending and the attacking team were very tall. The only way I could think to jump higher was to grab the post. It was spontaneous. Afterwards I read the rules and now I know they can punish you for doing that. My team-mates said I was crazy.”
Daniel Nadales after climbing the woodwork while defending a corner

"I have no respect for him – he's scum. Once when I was injured, I was with my wife at Camp Nou and Van Gaal went up to her. He asked her how it was possible that she married someone like me. She responded that I was a Ballon d'Or winner.”
Hristo Stoichkov on Louis van Gaal

"In the dressing room, a mega-star is Nitroglycerin. Handle with extreme caution because it can blow up in your face and destroy an entire squad including the coach.”
Jose Anigo on Zlatan Ibrahimovic


“I never go out after we lose, I just sit at home miserably. If we have not got a game for a while, and we have lost, there are times when I have not gone out for days. It really hurts. People who live around you suffer with you, so the only thing I can do is try to get out of other people’s way. I try to be like a dog who is sick – I go away into quarantine and come back when I’m cured!"
Arsene Wenger

"I don't want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. It is about winning trophies throughout your career – I don't talk about how many cars I will drive or how many houses I've got.”
Raheem Sterling
on rejecting Liverpool’s contact offer 

"I don’t know where she finds some of these things. She sends me memes, pictures of anything. Bald rats. I don’t even know.”
Alex Morgan
on USA team-mate Sydney Leroux

"I always watch football. My team is Argentina. Leo Messi is unbelievable.”
Manny Pacquiao