Fabien Barthez Quotes

Fabien Alain Barthez (French pronunciation: ?[fa.bj?? ba?.t?z]; born 28 June 1971) is a French former footballer who played as a goalkeeper with Toulouse, Marseille, AS Monaco, Manchester United, Nantes and the France national team, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000, and reached the final of the 2006 World Cup. He shares the record for the most World Cup finals clean sheets with Peter Shilton, with ten. In club football, he won the UEFA Champions League as well as several Ligue 1 and Premier League titles.

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Unconsciously, I fell in love with the small round sphere, with its amusing and capricious rebounds which sometimes play with me.

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“You have to create your own luck. At 2-0 the match is over. With a Beckham penalty it is 90 percent luck for a goalkeeper and 10 percent concentration.”

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“I knew I'd be sanctioned, ... I'll prepare for the next season with Marseille and get ready for the national team because my goal is to play in the (2006) World Cup.”

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“I knew I'd be sanctioned. I'll prepare for the next season with Marseille and get ready for the national team because my goal is to play in the (2006) World Cup.”

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“I don't want to lower myself by responding to suspicions of racism.”

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For me, Paul Scholes is on the same level as Ronaldo. The real Ronaldo, not Cristiano. I always thought he was a great player but after I played alongside him I realised he was Manchester United's greatest player of all time. He did his talking on the pitch which I respected most.

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“I could hardly expect a worse start to the match. But after my blunder the guys told me that I shouldn't worry. They did everything it took to win this match and to stop me feeling bad.”

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“What do you want me to say? ... He's the best player in the world.”

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