The five strangest things said by footballers: Spurs, Liverpool stars feature

Gerrard Silly Quote

Thierry Henry criticised Javier Hernandez for his goal celebration as Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League semi-final.

Hernandez scored the only goal of the game in the final minutes to secure Real’s passage through the Champions League against city rivals Atletico, but Henry was quoted by ESPN as criticising his celebration.

“What I don't like is Chicharito seems like he's won the World Cup with that,” the former Arsenal striker said.

A strange statement, given that it was a last minute winner over Real’s rivals, and players are allowed to celebrate as they wish.

No one told Henry off for celebrating after handballing France to victory over Ireland in a World Cup qualifier.

Regardless, footballers are often allowed to get away with saying some stupid things, and we take a look at five of the silliest things said by footballers.

Steven Gerrard on Joe Cole

“Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better.” (Via: ESPN)

Benoit Assou-Ekotto on footballers

“The problem with footballers is they really take themselves seriously. We kick a ball around and earn 100,000, 200,000, even 300,000 euros a week. We don’t improve the world…. It’s not like we invented hot water.” (Via: The Sun)

Joey Barton on himself

“Honestly, I think I’m the best. Luka Modric and Samir Nasri are very good, but in terms of English players…well, Jack Wilshere isn’t bad, but Frank Lampard’s on the way down and Steven Gerrard’s been injured a lot….” (Via: The Guardian)

Nicklas Bendtner on his incredibly talent

“In about three years, I will be better than Zlatan. He is older than me and has now reached his peak as the top scorer in Serie A – but I have a plan, I believe in it and I am ready.” (Via: The Mirror)

Eric Cantona on…something

“When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” (via: The Independent)

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