I am never going to be made a Dame doing Dot.
Winning a title in Olympic year is never easy.
I never wanted to be an actress. I wanted to go into the medical professional. Acting was not important enough. That was a hobby – nothing to do with what you did in life.
I got a grant for the Old Vic Theatre School in London, which had just started. It was only five terms; they used to break you down and never quite put you together again but it was an excellent training.
There are some people who the same things happen to them again and again. They never learn.
I never argue with my girlfriend.
I was never a steroid user at all, at least not knowingly.
Even if you watch the races I won – the indoor titles and the Olympics – I’ve never really been a superfast starter.
People don’t take badminton seriously. When I played, people never took me seriously.
Then, girls have to deal with a degree of unfair scrutiny about their life outside sports. If we have good hair or look good, we are called glamorous and it is presumed that we are not focused on sports. Nowadays, even the sportsmen are glamorous, good-looking, but they never face such scrutiny.
All the fans who see me ride through the city are laughing. They can’t believe the manager of Leipzig is skateboarding! They like it. They never say, ‘He’s crazy.’ They recognise that you are living a normal life.
I never want to change my offensive and attacking football because I love it and I love it when the fans have an emotional time in the stadium. So I will not change this. But if there is a time when I cannot win like this, then I will have to change.
When Pep played this incredibly attractive and multifaceted football in Barcelona, a lot was written and said about Barca’s playing with the ball. But the real madness was counter-pressing. Most opponents never had the ball for longer than five seconds before they got smashed by this machine.
I never touch fast food.
I have never made a secret of the fact I am excited about the coaching position at Bayern Munich and that I would be happy to take on this job if this unique opportunity should arise.
I can’t go out socially. I never go to soap awards now. I don’t recognize people I know and they would think that I was snubbing them.
You never realize as an athlete there’s going to be an end until the end comes.
I’ve never entertained the idea of retiring because I’ve never regarded myself as having a proper job. Anyway, retirement can be the death of you.
I never stop to think about my age really. I just listen to my body and it tells me if I can or can’t.
I never had the money to start a pension – I didn’t start to make any real money until I was 58 – and now it’s not worth much.
Unlike badminton playing major nations of the world, we never had a specialist doubles coach and so the discipline remained neglected.
I never lived in the era when thin eyebrows were in so I never did that.
I love walking the line. I look very wobbly. Like I’m gonna fall over the line. But I never do.
If you don’t experience something first hand, you’ll never know.