The Week in Quotes

10 Jul 2021

"Dance now, dance now." Lionel Messi yelling to former team-mate Yerry Mina after the latter’s penalty was saved by Emiliano Martinez in the Copa America semi-final shootout. The Colombian defender had celebrated scoring a spot-kick in the shootout win over Uruguay with an elaborate dance, much to the disdain of Messi’s good friend Luis Suarez

"Has it ever been home? I don't know, have you ever won it?" Kasper Schmeichel responds to being asked what it would mean to stop ‘Football coming home’

“For an island our size we’ve got an incredible influence on the world and we’ve got to keep that in a positive way. There are historic things that we should be proud of. We’ve had unbelievable inventions in this country. People have tried to invade us and we’ve had the courage to hold that back. You can’t hide that some of the energy in the stadium against Germany was because of that. I never mentioned that to the players, but I know that’s part of what that story was.” Gareth Southgate “It’s indescribable. Spinazzola sent us a video before the game. We were desperate to win it for him. Spain are really strong, but this Italy have huge heart and we badly wanted this victory to dedicate to him.” Gianluigi Donnarumma

“Fred and Nene know Neymar really well, he was chatting to them. Lucca asked to take a photo with him, grabbed his phone and took one. I was behind him and said, ‘Neymar, let’s take a photo as well?’ He said, ‘Of course, for sure’, and was looking at me. Then I said, ‘From your phone so you can show your friends!’ He laughed, grabbed his phone and took one. It was really funny.” Yago on meeting Neymar while Brazil were training at Fluminense’s training centre "He doesn't follow any codes on the pitch. He was doing tricks at 4-0 against Peru. I'd have given him with a good kicking. When you see an opponent is destroyed and the game is dead, you can't do that. It's true that he's different, but he's not like Leo [Messi]." Oscar Ruggeri [ESPN]

“I’m a Brazilian with a lot of pride and a lot of love. My dream has always been to be in the Brazilian national team and to hear the supporters singing. I have never attacked, nor will I ever attack Brazil if they are competing for something whether it’s in sport, a modelling competition, the Oscars. If there’s Brazil, I’m with Brazil.” Neymar

"He had been the player of the tournament until they went out. The passes played for Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe were incredible. Wayne Rooney on Paul Pogba “Curiously, I’ve never read a book about football. I dedicate a lot of time to practising the sport, and also to understanding its methods and everything that influences the game, so when I’m free I look for other kinds of knowledge.” Danilo, an avid reader, who has spent his free time while away at the Copa America reading books on mathematics, the stock market, philosophy and developing children’s minds