Best World Cup 2014 quotes: 'I told Mario, go out and show that you are better than Messi'

Over the course of World Cup 2014, we will be keeping an ear out for what people say – from players and coaches to legends and fans.

FP Sports July 14, 2014 17:51:41 IST
Best World Cup 2014 quotes: 'I told Mario, go out and show that you are better than Messi'

Football players are talented, rich, famous and slightly eccentric — come on, that's no secret. And when the best of the best come together, it's not only the World Cup but one of the biggest parties in world sport — with crazy goals and massive upsets, pranks and accidents and injuries — and tiffs all coming in one hectic month.

Over the course of World Cup 2014, we will be keeping an ear out for what people say – from players and coaches to legends and fans.

Best World Cup 2014 quotes I told Mario go out and show that you are better than Messi

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We’ll update the list on a daily basis, so make sure you keep coming back for quotes that are sure to make you laugh or make you think (or both).

14 July

"I told Mario Goetze, 'go out and show the world you are better than Messi"

- Germany coach Joachim Loew after his team won the world Cup

Messi? I would give him heaven if possible. But it’s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn’t have won just because of some marketing plan."

- Maradona on Messi getting the Golden Ball

10 July

"Brazil can have it."

Arjen Robben reacts to a question from a reporter about the 3rd/4th place playoff match against Brazil. This came after coach Van Gaal called the match 'meaningless.'

"I taught Romero how to save penalties, so yes - it hurts."

- Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal after losing 2-4 on penalties against Argentina. Argentina keeper Romero played under Van Gaal at Alkmaar.

9 July

"This is the worst day of my life."

- Brazil coach Scolari after the 1-7 loss to Germany

8 July

"This match is very important, it could take us to the final. We are playing for our country, it is everything we imagined and dreamed of, and also for Neymar."

- Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari rallies his troops against Germany.

7 July

"In my opinion it was a cowardly tackle."

- Thiago Silva lays into Juan Zuniga for the tackle that broke Neymar's vertebrae.

5 July

"This is very important, Robben's diving. ... That makes us worry a lot."

- Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto worried about Robben's dives ahead of quarter-final clash against Netherlands

30 June

Just as I started playing in the shadow he put me to the other side in the sun again.

Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt jokes about coach Louis van Gaal's tactics during the Mexico match

29 June

"It’s a breach of human rights that a player cannot go into a stadium where there are 80,000 people or into a hotel with his team-mates, that he cannot work for four months, he has committed a crime, but this is barbarity. Not even a criminal would receive this penalty."

- Uruguay Captain Diego Lugano describing Luis Suarez' ban as an an act of barbarity and a breach of human rights.

28 June

"I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."

- Luis Suarez explains his bite, erm, fall.

27 June

"I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player."

- Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on Luis Suarez's ban

25 June

"These things happen in the box."

- Luis Suarez explains his (alleged) bite

24 June

"As amazing as it sounds, the ball hit my mustache, It was a mustache goal."

- Brazil's Fred after scoring against Cameroon

"I told him that he needed to have a moustache to score goals and when he got the goal I reminded him of that."

- Neymar claiming that the Fred's new moustache helped him get among the goals for the first time in this World Cup, against Cameroon.

23 June

"I know how to make the difference. When I make the difference, I often do it at the end of the match and that shows that I am fresh."

- Belgium's Eden Hazard explains why he sprung to life late in 1-0 win over Russia.

22 June

"We want to put Cristiano and his team in [their] place."

- USA coach Juergen Klinsmann isn't shy about his team's ambitions against Portugal

20 June

"He's world-class, he's deadly in front of goal; he's clever, he's cute."

- Steven Gerrard describing Luis Suarez

20 June

"I don't like it when he hurts like this. I said, 'Keep going, forget this game, you're one of the best'. "

- Luis Suarez on Steven Gerrard after Uruguay's 2-1 win over England

19 June

"We didn't have the same feeling on the pitch that we had during other championships. Mentally we were not ready and physically we were struggling a little."

- Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after his side got knocked out of the World Cup against Chile

18 June

"When the national team get a bad result, they start to say there is a little bit too many black people, Muslim people and this kind of stuff. I don't like it. There is no point for me to play for this kind of country."

- Cameroon defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto explains why he chose not to play for France

"We tired them. We just tired them down. I told them, 'Don't worry, we will score.'"

- Belgium coach Marc Wilmots explains his strategy against Algeria

17 June

"I'd like to see it in TV. I only hope that I looked okay. I felt a blow from his fist. But what happened after that I can't really remember, whether we were head-to-head or not. I just hope it didn't look stupid on TV."

- Thomas Mueller lets the world know what exactly he was worried about while being headbutted by Portugal's Pepe.

16 June

"I'd like to be 110 percent, but I am at 100 percent and ready to help the national team."

- Cristiano Ronaldo on his knee injury

15 June

"Pirlo is that good he meant to hit the crossbar."

- Thierry Henry gives his verdict on the Andrea Pirlo freekick against England that swerved and hit the crossbar.

14 June

"It's happened before. He caught me full on the ankle and those shoes are so tight, with a double knot, that by the time you get it loose it's almost halftime."

- Arjen Robben explains his struggles with shoe laces.

"Considering the circumstances, it must be the goal of my career. It just could not have been more perfect. These kinds of goals are scored once in a lifetime."

- Robin van Persie after scoring a spectacular flying-header-goal against Spain

13 June

“I cannot blame Fred at all — everyone tries it... everybody is trying to do that. Like it or not, it’s part of football. I don’t blame him. I blame the referee.”

- Croatia manager Niko Kovac didn’t blame Fred for the dive, either, saying it was up to the refs to spot it.

"The only person who can take me out of the team is Big Phil, What you (journalists) say doesn't matter much. What matters is the opinion of the coach."

- Oscar after his brilliant performance in the tournament opener against Croatia.

"I feel just like everyone else, that Neymar must be more than just a promise. He can't be a promise. He must be reality in order for us to win the World Cup."

- Dunga makes it clear that Neymar's potential needs to transform into reality.

11 June

"One day we won't have the World Cup, we will have inter-planetary contests."

- FIFA president Sepp Blatter lets the cat out the bag — so he does believe in aliens!

10 June

"She said yes... the most important yes in my life. That was the place of my question! I love you and happy birthday too! Je t'aime my wife."

- Mario Balotelli prepares for the World Cup by proposing to his girlfriend. Thankfully for Italy, she said yes — you don't want an angry Balotelli on the pitch.

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