"I used to go missing a lot - Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss Germany."
"In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol; it was the worst 20 minutes of my life."
"I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep."
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
"Winning doesn't really matter, as long as you win."
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.”
"A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing."
"The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game."
"If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing."
"Although I'm a Scot, I'd be proud to be called a Scouser"
"It is better to fail with your own vision than to fail with another man's vision."
"The difference between right and wrong is often not more than five metres."
"Football is simple but the hardest thing to do is playing simple football."
"International football is the continuation of war by other means."
"Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."
"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
"Serious sport is war minus the shooting."
"When football stars disappear, so do the teams, and that is a very curious phenomenon. It is like in the theatre, in a play, where there is a great star. If the star is not well, the whole cast suffers."
"I don't believe there is such a thing as a 'born' soccer player. Perhaps you are born with certain skills and talents, but quite frankly it seems impossible to me that one is actually born to be an ace soccer player."
"Everything is practice."
"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string."
"My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer is when I kicked the hooligan."
"The ball is like a woman, she loves to be caressed."
"I would love him to save me a place in his team, George Best that is, not God."
"I don't play against any team in particular. I play to fight against defeat."
"When people are talking about you, it means that you exist."
"It was the hand of God."
"It was like pick-pocketing the English and stealing a win."
"The people voted for me. Now they want me to share the prize with Pele. I'm not going to share the prize with anybody."
"I eat football, I sleep football. I breathe football. I'm not mad, I'm just passionate".
"I like to score a proper goal, you know - a passing move."
"I am not a machine."
"Sometimes in football you have to score goals."
"There's nothing I'm scared of in football."
"If you look at the whole package, with everything (Thierry) Henry has, I don't think you can find that anywhere else. You give him the ball in the right place and his acceleration will take him past any defender in the world."
"My goals in Holland were known as 'stiffies', which means something quite different in England of course."
"Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought."
"Go make your mistakes in the first team. You'll learn more in a month in the first team than you will in two years in the reserves."
"You can't applaud a referee."
"Evolution happens. There's no football team in the world that has stayed together for time ever more."
"At one point, I thought it would end up 20-20. But common sense took over - or boring football."
"We have to try to beat Everyone."
"Practice deosn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect."
"There's only one posibility: win, draw or loose."
"You know the Dutch, they're always a bit funny_some of them."
"What FC Bayern has become is thanks to Gerd Mueller."
"You can't get bored of winning. You can win 10 games in a row but you keep the same will to snatch the 11th. You always need more."
"I have always said the French team is the most important thing that has happened to me. I thought deeply about it and I want to play for France again."
"It's true, pressure is something that goes with football nowadays. You need to accept it, and everything that it involves - the good and the bad."
"To any young kid who wants to be a footballer, I would simply say: Have fun playing football and enjoy the team - spirit. That's the right attitude; that will bring you pleasure and fulfillment in football. A baker cannot live on bread he made yesterday, and a footballer cannot live on his last game. It's about the here and now."
"As long as no-one scored, it was always going to be close."
"I dont kick dressing room doors, or the cat - or even journalists"
"One of the difficulties of the job is that we create 11 unemployed people and then, on monday, we employee them again as if nothing has happened."
"If people come to your window and talk to your wife every night, you can't accept it without asking what is happening."
"The first 90 minutes are the most important."
"Dont count your eggs until the chicken's laid them."
"We've got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!"
"Players only understand substitutions when they become managers."
"Practice makes permanent."