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# High praise

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Martin O'Neill visited the Dundalk dressing room to hail their Champions League victory
Messi is better than Pele and Maradona, says Pope Francis
'He has a real brain for football' - Rodgers impressed by Celtic's Irish defender O'Connell
'Hopefully Paddy Kelly can stay fit. This guy is a genius'
'I've never been prouder of a group of players'
'I told Tottenham to sign him years ago!' - Keane hails Hendrick as one of Euro 2016's best midfielders
'Shane Long at the same level as Belgium's strikers'
'Kane can be as good as Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo'
Ronaldo tops Uefa's player rankings, Milner in top 5
Ireland's Keiren Westwood 'the best goalkeeper in the Championship'
'Daniel Sturridge is one of the best players in the world'
McGregor: 'Muhammad Ali is a special man, I cannot accept comparisons to him'
Alex Ferguson thinks Pochettino is the 'best manager in the Premier League'*
'Alex Ferguson is the John Lennon of football'
'Pep Guardiola is the greatest coach in history'
LVG: United fans are the best I've ever seen
'Complete Mesut Ozil has shades of Dennis Bergkamp'
Steven Gerrard on the Premier League's best attacking midfielder on current form
Seamus Coleman compares Everton team-mate Deulofeu to Ronaldo
Van Gaal likens 'nasty' Vardy to Bergkamp, says possible interest is 'none of your business'
Vardy reveals secrets behind goalscoring record, Ranieri compares him to Batigol
O'Shea has left Tipp legacy "that will be seen for the next 10 years" - Fanning
Evans hails "great appointment" of former sidekick as new Tipperary manager
Thierry Henry on the Premier League's 'greatest ever' player
Here's how one Irish singer got Ed Sheeran to tweet him some serious praise
'Coutinho has the class to play for Barcelona'
'It's a massive blow for Tipp but I have no doubt that he will make it in Australia'
Gerrard has high praise for one-time rival Roy Keane
'He’s the best hurler in the country, without a doubt the best I’ve seen'
'He wasn't quite Maradona but he was close'
Robbie Keane impressed by 'sharp' Gerrard
'United did not pay so much money for nothing' - Guardiola denies interest in Di Maria
'The skill levels of Bubbles I've never seen anyway' says former All-Ireland winning captain
Lionel Messi hails 'exceptional' Wayne Rooney
Jim McGuinness has made quite the impression on a former Premier League player
Gigi Buffon has given Lionel Messi one of the strangest compliments we've ever heard
3 Irish internationals have made the Championship team of the year
Two Irish players have made one Australian site's rugby world XV
Sports Illustrated name Robbie Keane best MLS import ever
Jose Mourinho had one player to thank after escaping with PSG draw