"It’s not easy having a brother that plays football, that everyone talks about… he’s been phenomenal in the way he’s accepted that. I’ve said many times that you have to admire my brother for all that he went through. He’s always in the situation of being “the brother of…” But he’s assumed it well. That’s why I only have gratitude towards him."
Question: “Would you want your son to become a footballer?”
Cristiano: “I would love it. Really! Like I’ve said a few times, back when he was one year, two years old, he used to really love cars. Cars, cars, cars! But lately, he’s been obsessed with the ball!
“He’s obsessed with the ball! Sometimes when I come home tired after a match, my legs ache, my feet hurt… “Daddy! Daddy! Let’s play!” And of course I can’t say no, because that’s my dream: to see him playing. But the truth is he’s surprised me, because of the way he is about it. He’s already asked me for boots with studs and everything! I don’t know where it comes from. He’s kicking the ball well, too. “
Host: “Same as his father! A footballer!”
Cristiano: “Really, he’s surprising me! I’m very excited, and I would love it. But he’s still little and has a whole future ahead of him.”
Host: “Has he already signed for Mendes or am I allowed to talk to your son?”
Cristiano: “Oh, he’ll sign. If it’s up to me, he’ll sign!”
Hi David. What games did you play with your brother and sister when you were younger? And what was your favourite?
"I can’t walk around the house naked any more now that we have a daughter. I’m still OK in underwear, but not naked. With the boys it wasn’t a problem as they’re naked all of the time. But now with a daughter, the naked days are over."
“You don’t change your philosophy of football,” says Cech. “You just improve or modify it a little. There are some things he does in a slightly different way now, but you wouldn’t see a big difference. He has the same appetite for winning, the same attitude towards training and the same attention to detail when preparing for games. Being Jose, you see in every detail that he wants to win.” “I remember coming out for the warm-up, and you see there is a huge reception for Carlo. Everyone is singing his name, and then the line-ups come out and I think the supporters were like: ‘Who is that guy?’ I knew I had to really deliver if I really wanted to keep my place, but it was a game in which we were tactically very strong; they didn’t have many chances and we won 1-0. That was the best start for me. “For me also, it was important that Jose picked me ahead of Carlo for that game, gave me that chance. I had a fantastic time when he was here first time; I’ve been here ever since, and now he’s back he’s picked me again, which is great. Hopefully we’ll have the same success we had first time round, if not better.” - Petr Cech to Sport Magazine
You see him [Pirlo] the face of an angel but he is a son of a bitch, always makes jokes, always breaks the boxes, does not stand still.
One day I was eating at Milanello, I had the bright idea to leave my phone on the table, and he sent a text message to [AC Milan president] Galliani and [sports manager Ariedo] Braida offering them my sister.