David Beckham Quotes: Fortunate to realize boyhood dreams

If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.

I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams.

I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support.

I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.
~ David Beckham, 16 May 2013

David Beckham retired on 16 May 2013 after winning league titles in four different countries and gaining 115 caps for his country.

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Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Nothing Better than hearing ‘well done.’

There is no room for criticism on the training field. For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done.’

Those are the two best words ever invented in sports. You don’t need to use superlatives.

~ Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Retirement Speech

The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organization in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long- term future of the club remains a bright one.

Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world. Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both director and ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future. I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential. My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.

As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich. In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team.

Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy chief executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to all of them.

To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honor and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson, 8 May 2013

Sergio Ramos Quote: This is a German team we are talking about.

When the draw for the semifinals was made a lot of people thought this was going to be easy for us, but this is a German team we are talking about.

~ Sergio Ramos, 24 April 2013

Borussia Dortmund takes down Real Madrid in an incredible Champion’s League semifinal in Germany. Real Madrid’s captain on the night, Sergio Ramos, could only state the obvious and concede that Real Madrid have a problem with German teams.