April 13, 2021

Cup World News – Latest News & Highlights

The latest World Cup news, rumours, standings, schedule, live scores, results & transfer news

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“If you can just make heavy eye contact with Beckham for about 20 seconds, your football knowledge grows exponentially. Sometimes I just FaceTime him and I’m just like, ‘Don’t speak. Just stare at me.’”
Ryan Reynolds, the Hollywood actor and new proprietor of Wrexham [ITV’s This Morning]

“Animal. Lovely bloke as well. He was the first one in every single day. He would be the last one to leave the training pitch, the last one to leave the building every day. This was the days before Instagram and Twitter and doing it for the ‘Gram. He was doing it for himself, he just wanted to be the best he could possibly be. The question between Messi and Ronaldo, I’ll always say Ronaldo. He’s a machine. That level of mentality, phwoah.”*
Ben Foster
* on his former Manchester United workforce-mate Cristiano Ronaldo [JaackMaate’s Happy Hour Podcast]

“When we played a lot of time when I was in Madrid against Messi…don’t talk about Messi to the players. They are going to be scared. I try not to talk too much about Manchester City.”
Carlo Ancelotti forward of Everton-Manchester City

“I have to say a special thank you to ‘Drago’ – for the pass and because he’s in my fantasy football team! I’m in my own team too, so I must have got a lot of points this week.”*
Dusan Vlahovic
* after Bartlomiej Dragowski set him up to full his hat-trick towards Benevento

“He is so highly effective. If you take a look at him you assume, ‘Oh, hassle’. The manner he finishes is simply ridiculous. He believes a lot in himself. There’s a little bit of cockiness about him. You’ve received to be a bit cocky. The likes of Pele… the need that they’ve. They need to kill. They’re trying on the defender and pondering, ‘You’re not going to have the ability to stay with me.’”*
Thierry Henry
* on Erling Haaland [Sky Sports]

“I signed there and of course Ronaldo ‘Fenômeno’ was there. He already had so many injuries on his knee, his weight. But then we do four v four in training… oh my God, Rio! I’ve been applauding, I’ve been screaming, I’ve been bowing. I was like, ‘You’re pulling this off now. [Imagine] you at your best? It was the best ability I have seen in my life.”*
Ruud van Nistelrooy
* [Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast]

“Allen Iverson’s jersey was one of many first ones I purchased. Seeing somebody like him dominating among the many giants was an essential supply of inspiration for me. I put on the No23 shirt as a result of LeBron James additionally conjures up me. I used to have the No24 as a result of it is the day when my daughter was born. I had just a little argument with my spouse for this variation, however in the tip she understood. What impresses me about LeBron is the truth that he manages to change a workforce, bringing all his workforce-mates to the very best degree. Cristiano Ronaldo is the LeBron James of soccer. He has expertise, want to work exhausting and longevity, and he brings his want to win in each workforce.”*
Nicolo Barella
* [Sky Sport]

“I’m sure that Cristiano will turn up extra motivated – not just to score goals. He has an added aspiration when representing the national team, and I’m certain that he’s not thinking about personal targets but realising ambitions with the national team. I know that he has a really big dream of playing in and winning a World Cup. That is his main objective.”*
Fernando Santos
* [A Bola]

“Benzema. He’s an exceptional player. He’s having an incredible season, he had an incredible season last year, and he’s had several incredible seasons in his career. His finishing is magnificent.”*
Rodrygo
* on who’s the most effective participant in the world [FIFA.com]

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“A month ago I had a private meeting with the Pope. It was a very emotional day for me. He liked the fact that I had three children. He likes large families and encouraged me to have more. He told me that I had plenty of time for that right now, and yes, you can’t deny the Pope a wish.”*
Ciro Immobile
* [Marca]

“Robert Lewandowski. What he has made out of his potential, how he pushed himself to become the player he is today, that’s extraordinary. Lewy took every step he needed to take to be that goal machine. Every one. Lewy is an absolute machine.”*
Jurgen Klopp
* on the most effective participant he has ever coached [Bild]

“I really like the mentality that the ladies’s workforce has. They count on to win each single recreation. That’s the mentality that we’d like to get. We’re engaged on it.”
Gregg Berhalter urges his USMNT study from the USWNT [CBS Sports]

“If you’re a banker, you are able to do that for all of your life, however in case you are a footballer, when you hit your mid-30s you have got to discover one thing else to do. I see some similarities between watchmaking and soccer. In soccer if not all of the workforce is ideal you’ll not win. It’s the identical with a watch: if all the things just isn’t completely in place, the watch just isn’t going to work.
Stephan Lichtsteiner on his new career

“If you play with him, you play with half a man more because he gives intensity and volume that is outstanding and is unique. It is a pleasure to coach him, a big gift for me.”
Thomas Tuchel on N’Golo Kante

“It was all new to me because in France we don’t really have that hate, apart from between Paris and Marseille, who I didn’t play for. I remember Pat Rice came to me and punched my shoulder and said, ‘You, it’s the derby this weekend, so you better be ready.’ I was like ‘Woah, ok then!’ Even when I first got to the pitch for the warm-up, people were throwing things at us. You could feel the hate and I liked it.”
Bacary Sagna on the North London Derby [Goal]

“He seemed like an alien. We had been used to Ronaldo and Christian Vieri, however he instantly impressed us. Against Real Madrid there was Luigi Di Biagio, Clarence Seedorf and myself over the ball, however Hector Cuper wished Adriano to take the free-kick. He fired dwelling a missile. Di Biagio and I couldn’t imagine our eyes. He ran to the bench whereas we stopped as a result of we didn’t assume he might hit the ball that onerous.
Marco Materazzi on Adriano [La Gazzetta dello Sport]

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