Most controversial quotes by footballers

With the world of football full of top talents and epic characters, there has been no shortage of media hypocrisy as the big boys in football have delivered epic quotes. Whether it is the social media days or the good old days of newspaper and radio, players and managers have come out in the media room and have delivered some of the spic quotes that have forged their reputation as controversial memes. 

So here is a look at some of the epic quotes that will be remembered for the time and ages to come.

Bela Guttman cursed Benfica

“Not in a hundred years from now, will Benfica ever be European champions”

Pele vs Maradona as Argentina's great comments on the Brazilian

“Pele should go back to the museum”

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter

“Let the women play in more feminine clothes, like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a dig at Pep Guardiola in 2009

“Barca had bought a Ferrari, and was driving it like a Fiat”

Mario Balotelli after not celebrating a goal during his time at Manchester City

Does a postman celebrate when he delivers post?”

Roy Keane blasts at Ireland coach Mick McCarthy during 2002 FIFA World Cup

“You can stick your World Cup up your a###”

Joey Barton on Neymar

“Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football”


Eric Cantona during a press conference while he served community service in 1995

“When the seagulls follow the trawler, they think sardines will be thrown into the sea”

Brian Clough’s take on the increasing influence of agents in football

“The only agent back then (in the 1970s) was 007. And he just sha###d women, not entire football clubs”

George Best’s epic quote on women and alcohol

“In 1969, I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst twenty minutes of my life”

Cover Credits: TheIrishTimes

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