The top soccer quotes of 2016

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Good football has always been important at this place, and I am going to continue that. It has to be offensive football, balanced, and nothing else.
— Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane
Titles are numbers. Football is emotion. When the people go home satisfied this is the biggest gift for me as a coach.
— Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
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The Bookmakers? I don’t believe the bookmakers. The bookmakers said at the beginning of the season, Ranieri will be sacked first!
— Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri
Our friendship is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals just that we win the games.
— Neymar on his bond with Messi
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Zlatan PSG
People say I’m old, but I’m only warming up.
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic, age 34
If they replace the Eiffell Tower with a statue of me, then I will stay [at PSG]
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic
You must in our sport admire art — and they have two or three players who transform normal life into art.
— Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hails Barcelona's trio of Messi, Neymar & Suarez.
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Whenever anyone tells you you can’t do something, or are not what you think you are, then you want to prove them wrong. I want to do the best for myself but when people are telling me I can’t do it it makes it even better for me when I achieve what I achieve.
— Tottenham striker Harry Kane
You will not find the new Sir Alex Ferguson in the next 50 or 100 years because he was unique. He was special.
— Javier, "Chicharito", Hernandez
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Claudio Ranieri
Before we played our first match of the season, I told the players, ‘I want you to play for your teammates. We are a little team, so we have to fight with all our heart, with all our soul. I don’t care the name of the opponent. All I want is for you to fight. If they are better than us, Okay, congratulations. But they have to show us they are better.’
— Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri
For me the top three players in history are Messi, Pele and Maradona.
— New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourhino Manchester United
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I will not be king of Manchester — I will be a god in Manchester.
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic
There are only three players who make the difference: Ibrahimovic, Messi and Ronaldo.
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ronaldo is a player of his time, the problem is that there is another who has been pretty much the best player in history. Ronaldo is extraordinary, but compared to Messi, for me and for everyone who likes football, there can be no comparisons. Messi will be number one until he wants. He’s superior to everyone and is the best in the world, unless you are Real Madrid.
— Ex-Barcelona midfield captain, Xavi
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Mino Raiola and Pogba
Real Madrid would have been easier — La Liga, Champions League — but he wanted the greater challenge.
— Super agent Mino Raiola on why Pogba went to Manchester United
I knew I was good enough from a young age. I was really confident. I had no doubts. I think that’s a big part of it. If you have the confidence in your ability, anything can happen.
— Sunderland American youngster Lynden Gooch
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If you want to cut the emotions, we can stay at home and I will change jobs.
— Chelsea manager Antonio Conte denies his excessive celebrating is offensive
You never forget how to play football. You can have injuries, but playing football is something that you have in your heart and in your blood.
— Monaco striker Radamel Falcao
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Andrea Pirlo Juventus
I still have a thorn in my side at not having played for Real Madrid or Barcelona, because playing there is a dream for every player.
— Andrea Pirlo
All the legends we love and admire, they drank like devils and smoked like crazy but they were still good players.
— Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
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Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve traveled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve sat foot. So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well.
— Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at a future move to MLS.
It is a special moment. It means that all my sacrifice was worth it.
— Cristiano Ronaldo after accepting his 4th Ballon d'Or award
Cristiano Ronaldo 2016 Ballon d'Or
Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders Parade
All I gotta say is now that we won one, Portland can’t say s**t.
— Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey

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Author: Sean Bakhtiari