From the aggressiveness of Lionel Messi against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals to the plight of Neymar, passing through the “dedication” of Cristiano Ronaldo, the most striking phrases in the 2022 World Cup before the final scheduled for Sunday at Lusail Stadium.
“What we did was difficult because every match was a final. We’ve played five finals and won five. Hopefully the next one will be the same” – Argentina captain and captain Lionel Messi after qualifying for the final.
“We must be ready and fully aware of the opportunity before us to write history” – France midfielder Aurelien Chouamini after qualifying for the final.
“What are you looking at, you idiot? Get out of here, you idiot. Go away” (Quie Meras, Bobo? … Anda Baia Bobo!) – Argentina’s star and captain Lionel Messi heading to Netherlands striker Vout Fijkhorst after the fraught confrontation between the two teams in the quarter-finals .
“Africa works, the Arab world works. We make our people, the continent of Africa and the Arab world happy. When you look at (film) Rocky (Balboa), you support him because he’s the guy who comes out from the bottom and climbs the stairs to the top. We’re kind of like Rocky in a glass.” This world” – Morocco coach Walid Regragui after his historic qualification to the semi-finals.
“I’m mentally devastated. The loss is definitely the most painful for me, it made me paralyzed for 10 minutes after the game. Then I cried without being able to stop. It’s going to hurt me for a very long time” – Brazil star Neymar after the exit Quarter-finals by Croatia.
“I just want everyone to know that a lot has been said, a lot has been written, there has been a lot of speculation, but my dedication to Portugal has not changed for a moment. I was always an extra player fighting for everyone’s goals and would never turn my back on my team-mates and my country” – Portugal star and captain Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram after being knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals.
“Passing the ball to them is definitely safer than putting your money in the bank.” -Croatia defender Josip Juranovic for the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic.
“In my opinion, the best team lost tonight” – England midfielder Declan Rice after losing to France in the quarter-finals.
“I watched the semi-finals and I don’t think any of them are better than Spain.” – Luis Enrique, who was dismissed from his post after the elimination from the final round against Morocco, on Twitch.
“For it to happen this way, it looks like a horror movie” – Germany striker Kai Havertz after exiting the group stage despite beating Costa Rica 4-1, due to the surprise that Japan achieved against Spain (2-1).
“My mother was lying in her coffin with rosy cheeks when she died. It’s a matter of genes” – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal on his always tanned skin.
“We don’t create much up front, almost nothing actually. Our attacking side may be bad because the guys (forwards) are old” – Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen sarcastically talks about his team’s attacking ineffectiveness after losing to Morocco in the group stage.
“Messi on the field is like Alberto Tomba on the slope, he is able to avoid everyone just as Tomba was able to get around everything” – Poland coach Czeslaw Mikhniewicz, likening Lionel Messi to the former Italian skiing legend.