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Cheaper than the Mona Lisa

ESPN staff
December 15, 2012
Mario Balotelli: Cheaper than the Mona Lisa? © Getty Images

This week's collection has Martin Jol eyeing a bargain, a plot against Lionel Messie, and Rafa Benitez forgetting who his boss is...

"I'm going to hit him with a bar of soap and a sock or something."
Dan Hardy seemingly plans some prison retribution on Matt Riddle.

"I've been picking up the rugby vocab - 'le maul', 'le ruck', 'le pick-and-go' - honestly, that's what they say."
Toulon and former England international prop Andrew Sheridan has picked up 'le local lingo' no problem.

"This is working class golf."
Darts impresario Barry Hearn thinks every sport he's involved in (snooker, pool...) is the working class golf.

"He would probably cost more than the Mona Lisa but if I could get him for £7m I would be interested.
Martin Jol is interested in Mario Balotelli, at the right price. No, if he could get the Mona Lisa for £7m, then that really would be something.

"Training with the team today! I hope I remember everyone's name."
Benoit Assou-Ekotto had always struggled pronouncing 'Gylfi Sigurdsson'..

"I like cooking, gardening, reading, decorating the house, putting up the Christmas tree and running."
Kim Clijsters' husband lets her put up the Christmas tree in August whenever she is really down.

"Just yesterday I got home and told my wife: 'Hey, baby, one more fight,' and she said, 'no, you left off [saying] you were going to retire'."
Juan Manuel Marquez finally beat Manny Pacquiao, but there are some battles he will never win.

"I'm a dad now, so I guess I've got to start dancing like a dad."
Matt Duke apologises for his dance moves.

"I've tried to talk with the civil guard to have him arrested."
Cordoba president Carlos Gonzalez might actually be onto something with this tactical plan for Leo Messi...

"With the economic crisis around the world everybody is under pressure."
Rafa Benitez should probably speak to his boss, one-of-the-world's-richest-men Roman Abramovich, a bit more often.

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