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#High praise

# high-praise - Thursday 8 February, 2018

'One of the most technically-gifted players ever to pull on the Ireland jersey' - Tributes pour in for Wes

Paul McGrath, Martin O’Neill and a number of Hoolahan’s former team-mates have reacted to the news.

Dunphy: 'Players like Wes have gone out of fashion, unless you’re Lionel Messi'

The 35-year-old has today called time on his international career.

# high-praise - Friday 29 December, 2017

'At Barcelona we had it with Messi and this team Manchester City have it with De Bruyne'

Xavi sees similarities between the great side he graced and the Etihad outfit.

# high-praise - Thursday 21 December, 2017

Conte hails teenager Ampadu after impressive Carabao Cup performance

The young debutant “could have a great future” at Stamford Bridge, according to his delighted manager

# high-praise - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Coetzee: ‘Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are the All Blacks of Europe’

The South Africa head coach is full of praise for Ireland, but knows the weight of importance attached to Saturday’s Test match for his side.

# high-praise - Sunday 29 October, 2017

Ireland's O'Dowda finds form at key time with another big performance for Bristol

He chipped in with two assists as Bristol City beat Sunderland, while manager Lee Johnson singled him out afterwards.

# high-praise - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Guardiola after beating Napoli: Maybe best team I've ever faced

It would have been “impossible” for Man City to win if they had not delivered a flawless performance, according to the Spanish manager.

# high-praise - Monday 16 October, 2017

'Harry Kane is the complete forward' – Real Madrid boss Zidane an admirer of Spurs talisman

Speculation linking the England star with a move to the European champions is unlikely to go away after the Frenchman’s comments ahead of their Champions League clash.

# high-praise - Thursday 5 October, 2017

'Martial is a far better player than I was at 21' - Thierry Henry

The young French forward has often been compared to his countryman, but the Arsenal legend feels he can be ‘world class’.

# high-praise - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

'The only one who is world class, or has been world class, is Aguero'

Thierry Henry is a big admirer of the Man City attacker.

# high-praise - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

De Bruyne one of the best I've ever seen, says Guardiola

The Man City boss has nurtured top players, including Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.

# high-praise - Sunday 3 September, 2017

'I felt like standing up and applauding': Isco's performance against Italy was just stunning High Praise This post contains videos

'I felt like standing up and applauding': Isco's performance against Italy was just stunning

The Real Madrid player scored twice but it was his overall contribution that stood out.

# high-praise - Thursday 27 July, 2017

€40m Ederson's performance against Real Madrid a sign of things to come

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes his new goalkeeper will soon become Brazil’s number one.

# high-praise - Tuesday 25 April, 2017

Tottenham star Eriksen talked up for Barcelona move

The Denmark international has been linked with a transfer to Camp Nou after catching the eye in the Premier League.

# high-praise - Wednesday 15 March, 2017

Jaap Stam sings youngster's praises after first Ireland senior call-up Royals This post contains videos

Jaap Stam sings youngster's praises after first Ireland senior call-up

The Reading boss says his attacking midfielder has earned the international recognition.

# high-praise - Wednesday 8 March, 2017

'He did really well' - Andy Boyle hailed after Preston debut High Praise This post contains videos

'He did really well' - Andy Boyle hailed after Preston debut

The Dubliner had a 26th birthday to remember last night, as he completed 90 minutes against Derby.

# high-praise - Monday 6 March, 2017

Silva one reason I joined Man City - Guardiola

The manager says the opportunity to work with the Spaniard was one of his motivations behind heading to the Etihad Stadium.

# high-praise - Sunday 29 January, 2017

'The best thing I've seen in 2017' - Federer-Nadal hailed as tennis classic

The two tennis legends competed in a mesmerising five-set affair earlier.

# high-praise - Tuesday 24 January, 2017

'Only Messi and Ronaldo have been better than Rooney'

Stan Collymore believes that the Manchester United and England frontman has had a decade that compares with the world’s best.

# high-praise - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

James Milner the second-best performing full-back in Europe - study

Meanwhile, Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne is the highest-rated attacking midfielder.

# high-praise - Sunday 1 January, 2017

'Outstanding' Ireland youngster Manning hailed by QPR boss Holloway after making debut

The former Mervue United and Galway youth started for the Championship club in yesterday’s victory.

# high-praise - Monday 5 December, 2016

'You haven't seen the best of Joey yet. He is the future of Leinster Rugby'

The young out-half is primed to take centre stage for Leinster in Europe later this week after another standout performance against Dragons.

# high-praise - Monday 21 November, 2016

'He's an incredible athlete and we didn't have the legs to stay with him'

Glen Rovers captain Graham Callanan and his team-mates were in Tony Kelly’s slipstream at Semple Stadium.

# high-praise - Saturday 5 November, 2016

'If Martin O'Neill left the job tomorrow, Stephen Kenny would rightly be the favourite for Ireland manager'

RTÉ pundits Eamon Dunphy and Dietmar Hamann sit down to discuss Dundalk, Ireland and next week’s World Cup qualifier with Austria.

# high-praise - Saturday 29 October, 2016

Carragher: Coutinho is good enough for any team

The 24-year-old Brazilian is reportedly attracting interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

# high-praise - Wednesday 21 September, 2016

Spurs boss says teenager Edwards reminds him of a young Messi

The 17-year-old has been compared to two Argentina stars by Mauricio Pochettino.

# high-praise - Saturday 17 September, 2016

'We played like hell' - Klopp revels in Liverpool show

“I told the lads before the game anything can happen, but if we lose we must lose in our way.”

# high-praise - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

'That's why he's the best player of all time... He is total football'

Luis Enrique says Barcelona star Lionel Messi is history’s greatest player because he can adapt to any role in the team.

# high-praise - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

'Luis Suarez is one of the most beautiful men you could come across'

Ahead of their reunion in Tuesday’s group stage clash, Brendan Rodgers said the Uruguayan was peerless.

# high-praise - Friday 2 September, 2016

Aiden McGeady signing 'a real coup' for Preston

The former Celtic and Spartak Moscow midfielder has moved away from Goodison Park in search of first-team football.

# high-praise - Sunday 7 August, 2016

'Best player in the country' Daryl Horgan should be playing in England and for Ireland, says Dunne

The 23-year-old winger has been a crucial part of Stephen Kenny’s side.

# high-praise - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

Martin O'Neill visited the Dundalk dressing room to hail their Champions League victory Nice Touch This post contains videos

Martin O'Neill visited the Dundalk dressing room to hail their Champions League victory

The Ireland manager labelled their performance last night as “phenomenal”.

# high-praise - Monday 1 August, 2016

Messi is better than Pele and Maradona, says Pope Francis

The San Lorenzo supporter was not shy when quizzed on football’s greatest player.

# high-praise - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

'He has a real brain for football' - Rodgers impressed by Celtic's Irish defender O'Connell

The Cork native is hoping to nail down a place in the Hoops’ first team this season.

# high-praise - Monday 18 July, 2016

'Hopefully Paddy Kelly can stay fit. This guy is a genius'

Cork selector Eoin O’Neill was thrilled with the 30-year-old’s influence in only his second game of 2016.

# high-praise - Thursday 23 June, 2016

'I've never been prouder of a group of players'

The manager joked that Wes Hoolahan would have “lost his head” if Ireland hadn’t won.

'I told Tottenham to sign him years ago!' - Keane hails Hendrick as one of Euro 2016's best midfielders

The Ireland skipper believes his team-mate could play at much higher level than the Championship.

# high-praise - Friday 17 June, 2016

'Shane Long at the same level as Belgium's strikers'

The Ireland striker has scored against Thibaut Courtois once already this season.

# high-praise - Sunday 5 June, 2016

'Kane can be as good as Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo'

A Tottenham great has backed the England international to make a big impact in years to come.

# high-praise - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Ronaldo tops Uefa's player rankings, Milner in top 5

The barometer “tracks players’ form in the build-up to and during the tournament.

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