“People say the favourites are France. But we have the greatest player of all time.” — Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on his team’s not-so-secret weapon, Lionel Messi.
It’s high time we stop this conversation, and stop the controversies. It’s high time for you to leave (Cristiano) Ronaldo alone, in acknowledgement of what he’s done for Portuguese football.” — Portugal coach Fernando Santos tries to shift the focus from his superstar.
“It’s not my fault because I didn’t miss the penalty.” — Uruguay veteran Luis Suarez is unrepentant about his infamous 2010 World Cup handball against Ghana.
“No chance, we’re too old. I think our chance was in 2018. We have a good team, but it is ageing.” — Belgium talisman Kevin De Bruyne dismisses the Red Devils’ chances of winning the World Cup.
“Where did it go wrong? We probably also attack badly because we are too old, that must be it now, surely?” — Belgium’s veteran defender Jan Vertonghen hits back at De Bruyne after defeating to Morocco.
“There’s nobody I would have rather had in that situation and if we had one tomorrow I’d feel exactly the same way.” — England manager Gareth Southgate rallies to Kane’s defence.
“When it happens this way, it feels like watching like a horror movie.” — Kai Havertz after Germany’s stunning first-round exit.
“I’m going to go home and hug my kids, maybe find a camel and go and ride in the desert for a couple of days and get my head straight.” — Canada coach John Herdman after his team’s elimination Share this article on Twitter.