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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Five of the strangest ever sporting quotes

Published 04/02/2014 | 14:49

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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll during the training session at Carlton House, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 29, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll during a training session at Carlton House last week

Sometimes sports people can summon pearls of wisdoms from the depths of themselves, sometimes they can be downright bizarre. Either way it can be entertaining. Here are some of our favourite sporting quotes.

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1. Brian O'Driscoll

At a news conference in the lead-up to Ireland's Six Nations match with England at Croke Park in 2009, O'Driscoll was asked about what it was like to play with and against England manager Martin Johnson.

‘Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad,’ he said to a backdrop of first bemusement and then roaring laughter from reporters.

2. Eric Cantona

French footballer Eric Cantona's remark in 1995 that ‘when the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea’ is another favourite.

That was interpreted by some as a comment about the media spotlight being shone at the time on the then Manchester United star.

 

3. Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down his title prospects in quintessential fashion last night, declaring after inflicting defeat on Manchester City that the three-horse title race was between “two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump.”

It is “a nice horse,” Mourinho said of himself, with a clicking noise. “A horse that next season we can race.”

4. Jose Mourinho

It's the Portuguese coach again and this quote comes from earlier in the season when he described his young squad as "beautiful, young eggs" before the start of their Champions League campaign.

"They are eggs that need a mum or, in this case, a dad to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them," added Mourinho.

"One day the moment will arrive when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level."

5. Muhammad Ali

It was impossible to pick one from the heavyweight legend so I narrowed it down to three.

"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark."

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologise."

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."

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