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Quotes of the Week: I’d drink every day until I passed out

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"Neymar has great talent. I hope Neymar doesn't end up like Messi, who plays so well for his club but does nothing for his country... Messi better than Pele? To get there he needs to score more than 1283 goals." - Just when you thought everyone loves Lionel Messi, Brazilian legend Pele pops up to prove that it ain't so. Jealous, him?

"One mistake could be fatal. If I bob when I should weave it could be catastrophic." - David Haye (above right) seems to literally be in fear for his life as he prepares to meet Wladimir Klitschko.

"After what's happened the last couple of months it feels great. I'm just looking forward to putting myself in the picture for hopefully many more... hopefully in the not so distant future I'll be able to call myself a multiple Major champion." - You can feel the relief - and the confidence - pouring out of newly-minted US Open champion Rory McIlroy after he bounced back from his nightmare collapse at the Masters to win the very next Major.

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"I'd drink every day until I passed out, vodka usually, and usually on my own, and every time I got another injury it would spiral more out of control." - England women's football star Kelly Smith (left) tells all about the alcoholism that could have ended her career.

"That was all the bookies would let us put on, £100 apiece.  But that bet is looking better and better." - Rory's father Gerry McIlroy reveals how he and three friends stand to win a combined £200,000 if Rory wins the Open before he's 25. The quartet put £100 each at 500-1 on the 22-year-old seven years ago.

"I am willing to take risks, that's why I fall flat on my face sometimes." - Former England boss Steve McClaren reveals his philosophy on life, and football management. Shame he brought the nation down with him when England had to sit out of Euro 2008.

"This time we have a clear idea of the maximum number of people who can possibly apply for the tickets." - London 2012 organising committee Chief Paul Deighton promising early in the week that the systems in place would cope with demand for the second phase of Olympic ticket sales. When sales went live at 6am on Friday the wesbite crashed in less than a minute, with problems continuing for several hours and many fans reporting that the only tickets available even after finally getting into the system were for football matches. Games organisers continued to insist that there were no problems with the system and that plenty of tickets were still available.

"We have even stopped making photocopies in colour at the club. Now we do black and white and save on toner."  - Barcelona president Sandro Rosell explains how times are tough at the Nou Camp. He also revealed that the club have had to cut down on their bodyguard bill. Brutal, eh?

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"It happens three or four times a match. I don't find it amusing." - Andy Murray (right) is not keen on the Wimbledon wags who think it's hilarious to yell "C'mon Tim!" when the Scot is playing at SW19.

"I don't see the game as a one-man show, I see the game as the getting together of ideas and collective ideas and good players. Chelsea appointed me basically for human qualities and that is what I want to bring into this club again." - Andre Villas-Boas disappoints everyone hoping that the new Chelsea boss would create a glamorous new cult of personality in the Jose Mourinho mould.

"Don't treat the ball like a bomb." - The famously explosive Joey Barton offers his sage advice to England's team for the U17 World Cup. We cannot confirm or deny whether his next nugget of wisdom was, "don't wind me up late at night in McDonald's or sit next to me at a Christmas party".

"We are in New Zealand. We all know what that is like, it is a goldfish bowl. And you are at the World Cup so you are in a goldfish bowl within a goldfish bowl." - England rugby coach Martin Johnson describes the pressure of the World Cup in the home of the All Blacks, and inadvertently raises an interesting question: do goldfish keep smaller goldfish as pets?

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