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Antonio Cassano
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
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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

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano says Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have a big problem with Maurizio Sarri] I think Ronaldo has a big problem with Sarri. Everything started with two consecutive substitutions, which will irritate any player. In my opinion, there’s a problem between them and Juventus are good at keeping it down

Buffon should play, because he remains a better option than Szczesny. He was always benched at Arsenal and was a back-up to Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. At AS Roma, he had a good year, while now he is in his first year as a starter. Anyway, right before Gigi’s mistake [against Sassuolo], it needs to be said that Matthijs De Ligt made yet another error

2019 12 31 Retrieve

[Former AC Milan team-mate Antonio Cassano says Only Brazil legend [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html) and Dutch icon Marco van Basten sit ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic when it comes to the best No.9s of the last 30 years] I expected this return, as I always said that if he came back to Italy, it would be for Milan. He is very fond of the city and this club. After [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html) and Marco van Basten, I’d say Ibrahimovic is the best Number 9 of the last 30 years. He’s still phenomenal, despite his age. Zlatan makes his team-mates give 110 per cent and can still make the difference in Serie A. He’ll have to, because 80-85% of the current squad do not deserve to be at Milan. I am sure Ibra will get the best out of them, because if they don’t give 100% in every training session, he raises his voice. When he does that, you’d better be scared. I also have faith in Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban, they deserve more patience. They’ve got Ibra now, there is talk of Jean-Clair Todibo from Barcelona, so I think Milan can get back to the top in two-three years

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Former Italy international Antonio Cassano believes that Atalanta star Josip Ilicic is a far better player than Paulo Dybala] If [Ilicic] had met [Atalanta coach Gian Piero] Gasperini 10 years ago he could have become one of the five strongest players in the world. He is not exalted by the press only because he plays for Atalanta: if he had been at Juventus instead of Dybala, at this time the whole world was talking If we see what Dybala has done in the last three years and what Ilicic has done, the Slovenian wins 10-0

[He’s hopeful life can return to normal soon] I hope this drama can pass quickly, two weeks ago I didn’t think it could get so serious. The more you stay at home and the faster you get out of the problem, otherwise in 2040 we will still be here. Stay at home, watch movies and have children

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Cassano says Messi is greater than Maradona] Maradona did something never seen before for four or five years, but Messi has done the same things for 15 years. He has made 710 goals and 300 assists. When he plays you start with a 1-0 lead. The ‘Maradonians’ have to accept it: there is someone who has ousted him

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 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 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 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 04 21b Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano claims Inter should be looking to offload Lautaro Martinez and bring in Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal as the Argentine’s replacement] Lautaro is very good, but I would sell him. You bought him for €20m and sell him for over €100m. Or even get €70m to €80m and Arthur. Then I would go for [Edinson] Cavani, who is on an expiring contract and would be perfect for Conte. In addition, there will also be money from the sale of Icardi and I would go to Arsenal to bring in Lacazette. Lautaro will become even better, but I would say to him: ‘It was a pleasure’

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Antonio Cassano believes that Juventus should not look at Zinedine Zidane for a future coaching role as his style is too similar to that of predecessor Massimiliano Allegri] He is a great guy, but Zidane is a carbon copy of Allegri, they wanted to play the Juventus way at Juventus. What are you going to do, are you just going to go back to what you left behind?

I don’t know if he would like to leave Real Madrid to go to Juventus, in my opinion he’d go to PSG. At international level he could spend as much as he wanted, if he does change he will go there. It is a challenge because the club have never won the Champions League

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Former Italy striker Cassano claims he recommended Haaland to Juventus] When he started playing with Salzburg I recommended him to Ausilio, he said he had already spotted himHe keeps the team high, scores and knows how to play with both feet. He is an animal, he is not afraid of anything or anyone

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