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Name Antonio Cassano
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Hellas Verona
  As Roma

2014 09 27 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano on his Italy career] I think my Italy career is over – it’s only right they begin a new era without me. Besides, you have to run a lot under Conte!

2015 05 23 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano on Messi] Messi is the greatest player in football history. Many say that Maradona did more [because he won] a World Cup, but those were different times. Messi is better. Messi and Ronaldo are two great players, but Leo is the best and that’s why I named my son after him. If we compare them to tennis [players], Ronaldo is like Nadal, Messi is like Federer

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano tells he would put himself in a list of the top three strongest players] The three strongest players? Lionel Messi is the best. Always. Then Andres Iniesta. Then Xavi Hernandez along with me. I’m still worth the podium now

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano speaks about how he initially wanted to quit football, but then decided to change his mind] I had a sudden feeling of missing my family and I got too emotional. But now I want to have a fantastic season. I’ve already lost seven kilos and I am fully motivated. Don’t be irritated by all this, in two games’ time we will forget all about this

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano speaks about Juventus striker Paulo Dybala] Paulo Dybala is a fine player, but not a champion. Last season he was in great form and compared to Leo Messi, but I had to laugh. Let’s not even joke about such things, please. Leo is on another level

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Years later, Cassano would openly claim in his autobiography that he confronted Spalletti on the training ground with barbs such as] It’s not as if you’re training those deadbeats you had at Udinese. This isn’t your home, this is my house!

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Former Italy and Real Madrid forward Antonio Cassano recalls a story about former Brazil forward Ronaldo] We were losing 1-0 at home. The whole stadium was whistling, especially him [Ronaldo]. In the locker room the coach removes Ronnie to put [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy on, but he [Ronaldo] stops him and says ‘no, you take me off in 15 minutes if I haven’t scored two goals’. Minute 15: 2-1 and two goals from Ronaldo. I said that if there is a football god, it is Ronaldo. Then I discovered that Messi is above him

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Former Italy international Antonio Cassano, now retired, said he would advise a controversial double swoop for the Nerazzuri] I would go to Cavani which is about to expire on a contract, and I would buy Lacazette with Icardi’s money. Conte is one who wants to win everything immediately, Lautaro will become even stronger in three years but I would say ‘go, it was a pleasure

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Cassano and Toni join war of words with Chiellini and Melo] I don’t know Felipe Melo, I haven’t played with him and I don’t know what kind of person he is. Mario is a boy, a good boy, so I don’t know what Chiellini was referring to. What I can assure you is that I have enormous respect for Giorgio. He is super intelligent, he understands football, he killed you on the pitch when you played against him, but outside he is a great person. He must have had his good reasons. I know Mario superficially, but I spent ten years with Chiellini in the national team and he is good and polite