"Lionel Messi is a good boy that every father, every mother would like to have at home. He is very quick, he is not exuberant, he plays well, he is a good boy. That is what makes him so popular, because he is this nice man and that is why he gets votes. The other one [Ronaldo], he is something else, he is like a commander on the field of play. This is the other side of football and it is good to have such commanders on the field also. That gives life to football. One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other, but that doesn’t matter." - Sepp Blatter causes a stir with comments about Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I wish Mr.Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he'll continue to witness the successes of his favourite teams and players" - Ronaldo has a dig back on Twitter.
"Fashion and design are two passions of mine and I have wanted to launch my own brand for a long time. Working on this collection has given me a great creative outlet and I have loved every part of collaborating on the range, from selecting the colours and designs to testing the styles and fits myself." – And then away from Blatter-gate Ronaldo talks about the launch of his new 'tighty-whiteys' – which might have just proved correct much of what Blatter was saying.
"I once got the papers to emigrate to Canada. I went to Canada House on the corner of Waterloo Street and Hope Street in Glasgow and put them in a drawer in the house while I made my mind up." – Sir Alex Ferguson reveals how different football history might have been.
"He has turned his back on the dream of millions, to represent the five-time champions at a World Cup in Brazil," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was less than pleased with Brazilian-born Diego Costa's decision to declare for Spain.
"I hope people understand and respect my decision because it has been very difficult. It was very difficult to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything. I looked at everything and saw that it was right and best to play for Spain because this is where I have done everything. All that I have in my life was given to me by this country. I have a special affection. Here I feel very appreciated for all that I do and I feel the love of the people." - Costa gives his reasoning for picking Spain.
"I wasn't allowed a football in the house so I would practice by kicking the Care Bears in my sister's bedroom. My mum thought it was funny but it showed how much I loved football. I couldn't get enough of it." David Beckham reveals the secret of his free-kick prowess.
"I am very sick. I am fighting for my life. I have feared for a couple of months I was in trouble - it is very hard to take. Inside me there is a fighting spirit, there always has been. I will fight this - I know it will be difficult but I will battle all the way. I have Veronica and Isabella - they are my second life and I have to try." – Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen vows to battle on after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
"We’ve always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavours" - EA Sports after announcing the end of their deal with Tiger Woods. After raking in £479m from the Series, everybody did okay from it.
"We hope you are feeling better after your recent car accident and are on the road to recovery! DiGiorno Pizza understands the challenges that come with carryout and delivery pizza so we're sending you a gift along with a year supply of DiGiorno Pizza so you can skip carryout." - NFL star Nate Burleson broke his arm in a bizarre pizza-related incident - so the food outlet concerned has given him free slices for a year.
"I hope you’ve saved your money because you have played your last game." – What a doctor told Jameel McClain of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens last year. McClain was left with a spinal injury last year which meant he was lucky even to be walking - yet he refused to accept the doctors' diagnosis, and has made a return that has been hailed by experts as "miraculous."
“Is it where I want to be? No. But I definitely feel an improvement over Basel. It’s true I had to get up again after being sort of knocked down numerous times this year. Now I feel really good again, probably for the first time since Dubai (in March)." - Roger Federer after finally qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals in London.
"The great drivers that I have been lucky enough to work with, the thing they do all share in common is that they have that ability to drive and process at the same time. You see it with Sebastian all the time. I always have the impression that every time he gets in the car, he gets in with a bit more knowledge than he got out last time. His driving has gone from very talented but slightly raw at times to incredibly well-rounded now. You could occasionally in 2009 and 2010 criticise him for making slightly ill-judged moves and having accidents…I think you really can't make those criticisms any more. It's difficult to see a chink in his armour really. He learns all the time." - Red Bull design genius Adrian Newey, who has also worked with the likes of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, on Sebastian Vettel after he became the sport's youngest quadruple champion.
"It was him or me. I could not have stayed in a club with such disagreement. He is a repeat offender and has been laid off for misconduct. From the moment he let us down, his friends, coaches and fans, it was not possible to keep him. However, I had great respect and affection for the boy, very respectful, and the player. I had already kept him on a year ago against everyone's advice. This summer, I even invited him to my house to offer him a contract extension of two years. I trusted him. This is treason." - Bayonne chairman Alain Afflelou after sacking Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips.