105 Inspirational Football Quotes From Soccer Legends

Inspirational Football Quotes

What do football legends have to say about their success and achievements? Find some motivational and inspirational football quotes from popular football legends.

Do you like to read a selection of inspiring football quotations that will help you get insight and fuel your drive?

Prior to that, you should be aware that there are many useful life lessons that you may learn from sports in general.

Football has evolved as a major subfield of interest over the course of many years, and it is now largely recognized as one of the most lucrative fields within the world of sports business.

You will not only get pleasure in it, but also joy and happiness as it caters to your interests and leisure as a game of love and desire.

Not only that, but players are very wealthy, and many fans aspire to be as wealthy as the top richest soccer players in the world.

Winners are only determined after a great deal of toil and exertion, which is inherent to the essence of sport.

Winners are destined to become legends over the course of time, and the moments of their victories will always be remembered for all time.

What do football big stars have to say about their accomplishments and the success they’ve had in the game? Find some quotations from famous football players, coaches, and other football greats that can motivate and inspire you.

105 Inspirational Football Quotes From Soccer Legends

1. “Talent without working hard is nothing”. Cristiano Ronaldo

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2. “I want to consistently play well and win titles. I’m only at the beginning”.   Cristiano Ronaldo

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3. “I’m living a dream I never want to wake up from”. – Cristiano Ronaldo.

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4. “When you have a free-kick, the referee puts the mark on the floor to make sure the defenders retain their distance. This is one regulation that will work if it is implemented everywhere,” – Cristiano Ronaldo

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5. “I have my flaws too, but I am a professional who doesn’t like to miss or lose”.  – Cristiano Ronaldo

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6. “Without football (soccer), my life is worth nothing”. Cristiano Ronaldo

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7. “I want to consistently play well and win titles. I’m only at the beginning”.  Cristiano Ronaldo

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8. “Winning – that’s the most important to me. It’s as simple as that”.  – Cristiano Ronaldo

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9. “I’m living a dream I never want to wake up from”.  Cristiano Ronaldo

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10. “I see myself as the best footballer in the world. If you don’t believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of”.   Cristiano Ronaldo

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11. “I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvement to be made is a sad one for any player”.  – Lionel Messi quotes

12. “In football (soccer) as in watch making, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision”.  – Lionel Messi

13. “I’m lucky to be part of a team who help to make me look good, and they deserve as much of the credit for my success as I do for the hard work we have all put in on the training ground”. Lionel Messi

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14. “What I do is play soccer, which is what I like”.Lionel Messi

15. “Whether it’s a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game – I play the same. I’m always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win”.  Lionel Messi

16. “The day you think there is no improvement to be made is a sad one for any soccer player”.  – Lionel Messi.

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it”. Lionel Messi.

17. “Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits, and get on with trying to win”. Lionel Messi

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18. “I always want more. Whether it’s a goal, or winning a game, I’m never satisfied”. Lionel Messi

19. “If I pass away one day, I am happy because I tried to do my best. My sport allowed me to do so much because it’s the biggest sport in the world”.Pelé

20. “I always had a philosophy which I got from my father. He used to say, ‘Listen. God gave to you the gift to play football. This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health, if you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you, but you must be prepared”. Pelé

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21. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”.Pelé

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22. “At 17, I already had responsibility because I took care of my family, but in the football I was young; I wasn’t experienced or the captain – I was just in the team”.Pelé

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23. “Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then, when I was young, eight or nine years old, ten years old, I just want to be like my father”.Pelé

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24. “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string”.Pelé

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25. “Sport is something that is very inspirational for young people”.Pelé

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26. “A lot of people, when a guy scores a lot of goals, think, ‘He’s a great player’, because a goal is very important, but a great player is a player who can do everything on the field. He can do assists, encourage his colleagues, give them the confidence to go forward. It is someone who, when a team does not do well, becomes one of the leaders”. Pelé

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27. “Everything is practice”.Pelé

28. “A penalty is a cowardly way to score”. Pelé

29. “I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three-star players”.  – Pelé

30. “You must respect people and work hard to be in shape. And I used to train very hard. When the others players went to the beach after training, I was there kicking the ball”.Pelé

31. “I love football; I’ve never really taken an interest in anything else”.  – Wayne Rooney

32. “Football is made up of all kinds of conflict. In a dressing room; between players, between us and the manager; between us and loads of people who don’t seem to matter. It’s constant and harsh sometimes”.  – Wayne Rooney

33. “I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder”.Wayne Rooney

34. “As you get older you play in more important games and that is when you start thinking about what will happen if you win or lose”.Wayne Rooney

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35. “Sometimes you have to rest in certain games, but I want to play in every game”.Wayne Rooney

36. “I’ve trained all my life. I’ve always been one who enjoys training so it’s not something that I think I can just stop doing. It might not be as regular but I want to keep training”. Wayne Rooney

37. “You just want to keep playing consistently now and keep working hard and I’m sure the goals will come”.Wayne Rooney

38. “I train as hard as I can every time I train and I do extra training every day and I’ve done that since I was a young boy”.Wayne Rooney

39. “There are many ways to grow football-wise. You go slow or are pushed to go faster, otherwise, you get left behind. For me, there would be trouble in stopping learning”.Wayne Rooney

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40. “If you don’t score, and you have chances, you are disappointed”.Wayne Rooney

41. “There are hundreds of Beckhams playing football (referring to soccer) all over the world”.Diego Maradona

42. “When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success”. Diego Maradona

43. “When you win, you don’t get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far”.Diego Maradona

44. “I have 23 top players and they are all ready to put on the jersey and work on the pitch and that makes you happy and then you have peace of mind”.Diego Maradona

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45. “To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world”.Diego Maradona

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46. “I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet”.Zinedine Zidane

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47. “When your own fans whistle and jeer, then you have a big problem”.  – Zinedine Zidane

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48. “We must not let ourselves get driven off course, no matter what happens we must stick to our natural game”. Zinedine Zidane

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49. “Football boots are very technical and have lots of specific requirements”.  – Zinedine Zidane

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50. “The door can never be closed for good to any player”.Zinedine Zidane

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51. “I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard”.Zinedine Zidane

52. “I spend the entire 90 minutes looking for space on the pitch. I’m always between the opposition’s two holding midfielders and thinking, ‘The defense is here, so I get the ball and I go there to where space is”.   Xavi

53. “There are two types of football – there’s physical football and football talent”.Xavi

54. “In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting – a legacy”.  – Xavi

55. “You pressure, you want possession, and you want to attack. Some teams can’t or don’t pass the ball. What are you playing for? What’s the point? That’s not football. Combine, pass, and play. That’s football – for me, at least”.Xavi

56. “For me soccer provides so many emotions, a different feeling every day”.  – Ronaldinho

57. “It is not just about the money, it is about what you achieve on the pitch”.  – Ronaldinho

58. “If you’re playing for five hours you don’t want to score goals all the time and I loved dribbling. I could score a goal, but I preferred to dribble”.  – Ronaldinho

59. “I come from a family where soccer has always been very present. My uncles, my father and my brother were all players”.Ronaldinho

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60. “My game is based on improvisation. Often, a forward does not have the time to think too much. You have a second, rarely more, to decide whether to dribble, shoot or pass to the right or left. It is instinct that gives the orders”.Ronaldinho

61. “My heroes were always soccer players”.Ronaldinho

62. “My only concern is playing. Everything else, my family looks after. In our house, everyone has a job, and my job in our house is to play soccer”.  – Ronaldinho

63. “Football is about joy. It’s about dribbling. I favor every idea that makes the game beautiful. Every good idea has to last”.  – Ronaldinho

64. “It is not just about the money, it is about what you achieve on the pitch”.  – Ronaldinho

65. “That’s the way I’ve been educated: I always think about what I missed and the things that you did, you did them, so you don’t have to think about them anymore”.  – Thierry Henry

66. “To be a footballer was just a dream, and I don’t believe in dreams. I only deal in what is real. To be honest, I’ve never thought about what I could get out of football or where it would take me. I just wanted to play. I’m the same now”.  – Thierry Henry

67. “My dad always taught me to never be satisfied: to want more and know that what is done is done. That was his way of seeing the game”.  – Thierry Henry

68. “I always think about what I missed, and I think that was my driving force – never be satisfied with what I’ve done”.  – Thierry Henry

69. “There are very few players who know what to do when they’re not marked. So sometimes you tell a player: that attacker is very good, but don’t mark him”.  Johan Cruyff

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70. “Choose the best player for every position, and you’ll end up not with a strong XI, but with 11 strong 1’s”. Johan Cruyff

71. “Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple”.  – Johan Cruyff

72. “Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes”.  – Johan Cruyff

73. “Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. The technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your teammate”.Johan Cruyff

74. “There is only one ball, so you need to have it”.  – Johan Cruyff

75. “Without the ball, you can’t win”.Johan Cruyff

76. “Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins”.  – Johan Cruyff

77. “After you’ve won something, you’re no longer 100 percent, but 90 percent. It’s like a bottle of carbonated water where the cap is removed for a short while. Afterward, there’s a little less gas inside”.  – Johan Cruyff

78. “Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster”.  – Johan Cruyff

79. “To win you have to score one more goals than your opponent”.  – Johan Cruyff

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80. “Quality without results is pointless. Result without quality is boring”.  – Johan Cruyff

81. “Football is about having the best offensive play possible. I always like to play offensive football, and nobody will convince me otherwise”.  – Johan Cruyff

82. “You have got to shoot, otherwise you can’t score”.Johan Cruyff

83. “I always threw the ball in, because then if I got the ball back, I was the only player unmarked”.  – Johan Cruyff

84. “In his life, a man can change wives, political parties or religions but he cannot change his favorite soccer team”.  – Eduardo Hughes Galeano

85. “Find a type of exercise that you love – whether it’s dance, soccer, softball, anything – just as long as it keeps you active. If you love it, you’ll dedicate yourself to it and stay involved”.  – Francia Raisa

86. “Soccer presented no challenge to me. Playing felt like breathing: I always had a magical connection to the ball”.  – Pete Wentz

87. “Soccer matches should be something special, something people eagerly look forward to, something that brightens life”.  – P. J. O’Rourke

88. “Soccer isn’t very social. Plus, if you don’t like someone on the other team, you can do something about it”.  – Mia Hamm

89. “Some people tell me that professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence”.  – Sir Robert “Bobby” Charlton

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90. “If you’re attacking, you don’t get as tired as when you’re chasing”.  – Kyle Rote, Jr

91. “The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does”.  – Phillip Abraham “Phil” Woosnam

92. “A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are”.  – Bill Shankly

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93. “You don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are”.  – Robyn Benincasa

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94. “Before kids can play like a pro, they must enjoy playing the game like a kid”. Steve Locker

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95. “Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize”.  Germaine Greer

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96. “The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football”. – Terry Pratchett

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97. “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching”.   Mia Hamm

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98. “Substitution is a true test of strength. The real performance of a player is seen not only during playing time but also and more especially when the player is substituted”.
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99. “The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself”.

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100. “Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer)”. Albert Camus

101. “Some people think football [soccer] is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that”.  Bill Shankly

102. “We can win”.  Mohammed Salah

103. “I have to be scoring goals and playing well to get in the team because if not, others who are in the better form will play”. Diego Costa

104. “The only thing I want to do is to focus and get better”. – Virgil Van Dijk

105.  “In all things, you need a good organization. You can have the best player in the world, if you do not have the best team, you will not win” – Samuel Etoo

Inspirational Football Quotes (Summary)

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