Euro 2016

Best quotes from Euro 2016 ... so far

2016-06-24 11:10
Xherdan Shaqiri (Getty Images)

Paris - Take a look back at some of the best quotes from the European Championship as With the last 16 stage looms.

- Cristiano Ronaldo lashes out at Iceland's defensive approach after a 1-1 draw in their opening Group F match

"Iceland didn't try nothing, they just defend, defend, defend, they had two chances and scored a goal, it was a lucky night for them. We're frustrated, they didn't try and play. It's why I think they will do nothing here. In my opinion, it's a small mentality."

- Iceland's Kari Arnason hits back at Ronaldo's claims

"He's a fantastic footballer, but he's not a gracious human being and the thing is we almost nicked the win, so him saying we weren't going for the win contradicts that."

- Xherdan Shaqiri after four Switzerland players' shirts ripped during the 0-0 draw with France

"I hope Puma does not produce condoms."

- Lukas Podolski defends Joachim Loew after the Germany coach was caught scratching his genitals by television cameras

"I believe 80 percent of you (journalists) and me as well, sometimes scratch your nuts from time to time."

- Gareth Bale on England

"I think we've got a lot more passion and pride about us than them. We'll definitely show that on the day. They big themselves up before they've done anything, so we're going to go there and we believe we can beat them."

- Germany's Mario Goetze on criticism of his performances at Euro 2016, two years after his goal won the 2014 World Cup final.

"So that's football. Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree. That's part of the business."

- Iceland's joint coach Heimir Hallgrimsson after their historic 2-1 win over Austria sent the country into the last 16.

"I would guess we will change the national holiday. It's normally on June 17, but they will probably change it now."

- Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the tournament. His team crashed out with just a single point as he called time on his international career.

"The legend can still deliver."

- Russia's Artem Dzyuba on the violence before his side's clash with England.

"This is not a street fighting championship, this is football."

- Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill on his assistant and Manchester United legend Roy Keane.

"He's fine. We locked him up about 25 minutes ago. He's caged in at this minute, as his beard gets longer, and uglier. But he's good. He's the werewolf of Manchester."


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