Quote of the day: Piqué on la Roja selection

Quote of the day: Piqué on la Roja selection

“I want to thank Del Bosque for the gesture he has made, because I asked him, personally, not to count on me for the game, because I still had some issues. I want to thank him for his decision.”

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Quote of the Day: A heartfelt farewell

Quote of the Day: A heartfelt farewell

I’m so happy and pleased to have been able to return to a place that brings back such fond memories. There are no words for the love I was shown by the Camp Nou and all the people during my return to Barcelona.

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Quote of the Day: Grateful

Quote of the Day: Grateful

Thank you to my teammates for electing me one of the team captains and for the confidence you’ve placed in me. Un abrazo.”

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Quote of the Day: Lions and sheep

Quote of the Day: Lions and sheep

A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.

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Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

I don’t understand how Barça are going to manage combination football with Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez in the team. The three are individualists. Makes it clear that Barça prefer individual play before a team that plays good football.

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Quote of the Day: Staying put?

Quote of the Day: Staying put?

We are delighted with Dani Alves. When he’s back we will talk to him.
But we are delighted with him.

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Quote of the day: Classy rivalry

Quote of the day: Classy rivalry

“Messi’s won almost everything and I think he deserves to be champion and I am cheering for him to be champion.”

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Quote of the Day: Tata Martino

Quote of the Day: Tata Martino

Pep’s Barcelona was the best team in all history. The comparison was never positive. At Barça, winning wasn’t enough. At Barcelona, if you won it was thanks to the players and if you lost it was my fault. It was hard to continue. And when the players back their coach in public it’s nice at the time, but you soon grow weary.

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Quote of the Day: Relief

Quote of the Day: Relief

The goal was a release for everyone; especially for me.

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Quote of the Day: Our loss, their gain

Quote of the Day: Our loss, their gain

It’s great news for Cesc. He is happy, he looked contented to me. It’s a great opportunity to go to a great team and that was his idea. He may be more relaxed now that he knows his future. It’s a big loss for us but he decided. As a good friend of his, I wish him the very best and all the luck in the world.

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Quote of the day: Thiago Silva on Messi

Quote of the day: Thiago Silva on Messi

“To stop Messi one on one, the only way you can do it is with a pistol in your hand.”

Thiago Silva, who has faced Lionel Messi three times with Milan and once with PSG, will be hoping he can stop Leo if the occasion arises without the use of any guns.

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Quote of the Day: Farewell Pinto!

Quote of the Day: Farewell Pinto!

“Move complete! Hasta la vista Barcelona! Thanks for everything!”

– José Manuel Pinto says goodbye to Barcelona

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Quotes of the Day: Coming home

Quotes of the Day: Coming home

I learnt the game for seven years here and I’m thrilled to be back, it’s a great challenge for me…I want to learn from these brilliant players.

I’m very happy, I’ve missed all of this…I know how much competition there is for places here, but I think that’s a good thing…I know what kind of football I can offer and I’ll do my best to help. I want to win trophies and contribute as much as I can.

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Quote of the Day: Cruyff on Xavi

Quote of the Day: Cruyff on Xavi

“Those who dispute the value of Xavi are idiots; they have no idea what they’re talking about. He is the best thinker on the team.”

– The ever-diplomatic Johan Cruyff

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Quote of the Day: A tu Papa

Quote of the Day: A tu Papa

A courageous and hard-fought 1-3 victory that makes us leaders!! My goal is for you Dad, you’re always by my side.

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Quote of the Day: Just say it already

Quote of the Day: Just say it already

I have a new team and am learning Spanish.

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Quote of the Day: Losing a friend

Quote of the Day: Losing a friend

Tito and I were young, we wanted to conquer the world and we did. The sadness I feel will accompany me for the rest of my life.

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Quote of the Day: Never before, never again

Quote of the Day: Never before, never again

My opinion on Messi will never change. I have never seen a player like him, nor will I ever again.

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Quote(s) of the Day: Nicht & Não

Quote(s) of the Day: Nicht & Não

No one needs to worry. We are all still a bit in love with this club and with the way things are handled here.

All the rumours about my negotiations with Barcelona are completely groundless.

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Quote of the Day: Ni nada

Quote of the Day: Ni nada

“If we lose the Copa [del Rey], Tata Martino isn’t done and we won’t call elections.

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Quote of the Day: Not only you Andrés

Quote of the Day: Not only you Andrés

Yes, it surprised me being taken off, but that is decision for the manager.

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Quote of the Day: Like a dream

Quote of the Day: Like a dream

Getting here was very difficult. It’s a great joy for me. To be in Barcelona today, my dreams are achieved. To get into the dressing room, its like a video game. Because there is Xavi, Dani, Pinto, Messi, Valdés…they are like my family.

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Quote of the day: From one legend to another

Quote of the day: From one legend to another

“Great friend on and off the pitch, Carles Puyol, announced he’ll leave Barça in June!! Good luck, mate.”

Former Barca legend and multiple Ballon d’Or and FIFA Player of the Year winner Ronaldinho wished his former teammate good fortune on his official Twitter account after the Barça captain announced his departure at the end of the season. The two legends shared the same locker room in Camp Nou for five years where they lifted two La Liga titles and a historically massive second Champions League trophy in Paris.

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Quote of the Day: No way José? Something nice to say?!

Quote of the Day: No way José? Something nice to say?!

“Messi is great, I don’t think he needs to win with Argentina to be great. Ronaldo is great, I don’t think he needs to be world champion with Portugal to be great. But Maradona did it and Zidane did it and Ronaldo Nazario and Rivaldo did it. Many of the big guys did it, so everybody’s waiting for them to do it.”

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Quote of the Day: 60 = 4

Quote of the Day: 60 = 4

Barça is in the position to sign four players. We have between 50 and 60 million available for the signings.

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Quote of the Day: Is there a greater compliment?

Quote of the Day: Is there a greater compliment?

He’s one of the greatest. Puyol is on the list of the best defenders in the history of the game. Puyol is one of the last true legends of football.

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Quote of the Day: Not perfect

Quote of the Day: Not perfect

I’m not perfect, but I’m limited edition.”

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Quote of the day: Praise from the rivals

Quote of the day: Praise from the rivals

“Martino is doing very well at Barcelona.  I like the way he speaks, always calm, he reminds me a lot of myself, he doesn’t go looking for controversy and does the best for his team.”

In an interview on Canal+, Real Madrid’s Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti took the time to praise his rival Gerardo Martino’s way of handling himself as a coach. Rivalry aside, Ancelotti reminds the world of the great respect football’s biggest rivalry used to have for one another, unlike a certain Portuguese and his puppet.

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Quote of the Day: Demichelis’ mea culpa

Quote of the Day: Demichelis’ mea culpa

“I tackled him because I thought I was still outside the box, but I don’t blame the referee. It all happened too fast. I have seen the moment again on TV and think ‘why did I have to tackle him and not keep running by his side?’ I was sure that I would get the ball when I made the tackle and then you think that you will steal the ball from Messi, you realise that you don’t, but I did make the foul.”

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Blatter: Neither Messi nor Cristiano

Blatter: Neither Messi nor Cristiano

FIFA President Joseph Blatter usually puts his foot into his own mouth when he makes pronouncements involving Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. In a recent interview, he sidestepped both players and proclaimed that his favorite player of all time is Alfredo Di Stéfano. “Journalists and coaches and national team captains chose Cristiano Ronaldo this year. My favorite player is still Alfredo Di Stéfano.”

Di Stéfano was certainly a legend, but better than Messi and Cristiano? What do you all think?

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