Although we typically get a lot of boring "we respect our opponents" style of quote from media trained footballers these days, occasionally you'll catch someone off the record really dropping the hammer on an opponent, manager, teammate or the press. That's when the magic truly happens.
The following are five memorable football insults:
Roy Keane v Mick McCarthy
Prior to the 2002 World Cup, Roy Keane let Mick McCarthy know how he really felt:
"Mick, you're a liar … you're a fucking wanker. I didn't rate you as a player, I don't rate you as a manager, and I don't rate you as a person. You're a fucking wanker and you can stick your World Cup up your arse. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country! You can stick it up your bollocks."
Giovanni Trapattoni vs Paolo Di Canio
When Giovanni Trapattoni was asked if Paolo Di Canio would be on Italy's 2002 World Cup squad he famously responded:
"Only if there's an outbreak of bubonic plague."
Freddy Shepherd vs Alan Shearer
Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd on club legend Alan Shearer:
“Alan Shearer is boring; we call him Mary Poppins."
Diego Maradona vs The Media
Diego Maradona to the press after he led Argentina to qualification for the 2010 World Cup:
"To those who did not believe: now suck my dick - I'm sorry ladies for my words - and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking dicks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinean people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking dicks."
Dave Jones vs Carlton Palmer
Dave Jones on his former player Carlton Palmer:
"He covers every blade of grass out there… but that's only because his first touch is so crap."