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At The End Of The Day: Football’s Most Stupid And Brilliant Quotes

December 03, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Football. It’s the beautiful game. It takes a lot to get to the top flight, more talent than we’ll ever have. A world-class player requires skill, physical fitness, and an intelligence on the ball we can only dream of. So why does it all go wrong in the press conference?

Footballers have quite the reputation for making stupid remarks and over the years they’ve produced some real hands-in-head moments both on and off the pitch. Here are our favourites…

“You need 15 players of that elk and keep them together.” – Bobby Gould

Wimbledon had a few animals in their side during the late ’80s, but not even Bobby Gould could claim to have an elk in his side.

“Gary Neville was captain, and now Ryan Giggs has taken on the mantelpiece.” – Rio Ferdinand

Ryan Giggs could take on pretty much anyone during his prestigious career at Manchester United and according to Rio Ferdinand he was even keen on going round fireplaces.

“I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Saturday when it flashed on the screen that George Ndah had scored in the first minute at Birmingham. My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.” – Ade Akinbiyi.

He rings who he wants. He rings who he waaaants. That Ade Akinbiyi….

I’d like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona.” – Mark Draper

For most players putting on a Barcelona strip is a dream come true. It was certainly former Villa midfielder Mark Draper’s dream before even the likes of Leo Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta had even stepped out onto the Nou Camp pitch.

Why? We’re putting that down to his love of pizza, pasta, and Pavarotti.

“If you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we’ve got her in the taxi.” – Ian Holloway.

We Love Ian Holloway. One man who can’t be described as dumb is the former QPR and Leicester manager. Perfect for a soundbite, he is forever pulling out nuggets and we couldn’t just leave it with this quote so here’s some of his best bits…

Arsenal are streets ahead of everyone in this league and Manchester United are up there with them.” – Craig Bellamy.

Craig Bellamy has never been once to mince his words, but we think he came to a bit of a dead end with this one.

“I’d been ill and hadn’t trained for a week and I’d been out of the team for three weeks before that, so I wasn’t sharp. I got cramp before half-time as well. But I’m not one to make excuses.”  – Clinton Morrison.

We’re pretty sure the dog ate his homework too.

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