• Week in Words

Ronaldo keeping it real on record

ESPN staff
March 9, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo and records go hand in hand, so he says © Getty Images

In the latest edition of our favourite quotes from the sporting week, all things come to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is given support, and Floyd Mayweather Jr will go to places he has never been before.

"Messi does not need to win the World Cup to be the best player in the world - we should not confuse being fat with a swollen belly"
Slightly biased perhaps, Diego Maradona?

"Brian, almost single-handedly, has changed the face of Irish rugby"
Paul O'Connell on record-breaker Brian O'Driscoll.

"It was an honest challenge"
Roy Hodgson sticks up for Daniel Agger after his challenge ruled Jack Wilshere out for six weeks.

"I do not look to beat records. This happens naturally"
Cristiano Ronaldo on becoming Portugal's all-time leading goalscorer. We believe him.

"We're playing against a team that hate you and want to beat you up or beat you in the game"
England wing Jack Nowell described the emotion Wales feel towards them.

"But once I got to around 60 or 70, the balls were perfect so I went for it"
Ronnie O'Sullivan after his 147 sealed him the Welsh Open crown.

"I'd just like to challenge the people asking those questions a little more. Maybe in a more articulate way than two years ago, when I called them all w******"
It seems Sir Bradley Wiggins is still critical of those who questioned whether he was riding clean during his 2012 Tour de France win.

"We have been crap all season and we are third, Bath have been brilliant all season and they are third, too"
Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill on his team's performances.

"I would drop down to the ground and crawl over to him as fast as I can. He'd have to run away and I'd be skittering after him, just too low for him to hit me and tackle him down. I spend a lot of time there, I doubt that he does"
UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the tactics she would employ in a hypothetical MMA bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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