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The 209 Most Inspirational Soccer Quotes

Soccer is just not a game, it is love, it’s a feeling. A most popular game in the world. And people love to live like a soccer player. Whether you call it football or soccer, these soccer quotes by some of the greatest players in the game will motivate you to field harder and run faster. These quotes can serve as great motivation to fans, athletes and coaches of all ages. Here is our collection of truly inspirational soccer quotes.

Lionel Messi

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

“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct.” – Lionel Messi

“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of the sheep.” – Lionel Messi

“You can overcome anything, if and only if you love something enough.” – Lionel Messi

“There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Lionel Messi

“Money is not a motivating factor…My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer, I would willingly play for nothing.” – Lionel Messi

“Sometimes you have to accept you can’t win all the time.” – Lionel Messi

“When the year starts, the objective is to win with all the team, personal records are secondary.” – Lionel Messi

“Being a bit famous now gives me the opportunity to help people who really need it, especially children.” – Lionel Messi

“I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.” – Lionel Messi

“Every year I try to grow as a player and not get stuck in a rut. I try to improve my game in every way possible. But that trait is not something I’ve worked on, it’s part of me.” – Lionel Messi

“I think my desire to always get better, [is a trait that accounts for my success], to always want more, to always be my top critic, and accepting the good and the bad.” – Lionel Messi

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

“The only thing that matters is playing. I have enjoyed it since I was a little boy, and I still try to do that every time I go out on to a pitch. I always say that when I no longer enjoy it or it’s no longer fun to do it, then I won’t do it anymore. I do it because I love it and that’s all I care about.” – Lionel Messi

“I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me years and days to become an overnight success.” – Lionel Messi

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

Diego Maradona

“If you don’t want to play clean football then go up into the stands something that just came out of me. It was a bit of mischief.” – Diego Maradona

“The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.” – Diego Maradona

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

“I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength.” – Diego Maradona

“I’m alive and I want to keep living.” – Diego Maradona

“I certainly have an advantage over some because I can pass on so much from the World Cups I played in.I’m not desperate [but] I know that someday I’ll be the coach again of some team.” – Diego Maradona

“Even if there was a hand, it was the hand of God.” – Diego Maradona

“Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.” – Diego Maradona

“1986 To reporters after Argentina’s WorldCup defeat of England in which he scored a goal with his hand, 22 Jun.” – Diego Maradona

“When I wear the national team shirt, its sole contact with my skin makes it stand on an end.” – Diego Maradona

“My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest is a product of my money and mistakes.” – Diego Maradona

“Carlitos is amazing. He does what he wants with the Arabs. He tells them “I want to go to Buenos Aires” and they say “No, Carlitos, stay here now, we’ll give you more money”. And then he gets more money.” – Diego Maradona

“What I love most about Norway is you, ladies. Back home I’m used to fat and hairy women journalists.” – Diego Maradona

“My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells m.” – Diego Maradona

“If I could apologize and go back and change history I would do. But the goal is still a goal, Argentina became world champions and I was the best player in the world.” – Diego Maradona

“All the people that criticized me should eat their words.” – Diego Maradona

“God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of the cross when I walk out onto the field. I feel I would be betraying Him if I didn’t.It was as if we had beaten a country, more than just a football team.” – Diego Maradona

“Of course in the first matches, you are more careful, perhaps more careful than you should b.” – Diego Maradona

“The Manchester Derby is bigger and more important than El Classico.” – Diego Maradona

“He’s a leader and is offering lessons in beautiful football. He has something different to any other player in the world. Many people agree with me that many things are not clear in football these days and it is not something people who watch football deserve. The situation will be the same while football is run by people who do not understand football while the coach is entitled to celebrate the team’s victories, there are a manner and a way of doing so without aggravating the opponent’s problem is that they are all stars at Madrid. You need someone to carry the water to the well.” – Diego Maradona

“The Lord helps those who help themselves.” – Diego Maradona

“Money is not a motivating factor. I do what comes to me at that moment.” – Diego Maradona

“Stoichkov is a great person and an exceptional player… Only if we had him at Napoli… can you imagine the Stoichkov-Maradona attacking duo? 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. When God decides its time, I guess he’ll come for us.” – Diego Maradona

“I was, I am and I always will be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day.” – Diego Maradona

“I’ve seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentinian football and his name is Messi… He’s a leader and is offering classes in beautiful football.” – Diego Maradona

“Messi I think is like me, he is the best in the world along with Ronaldinho. Things are neither clear nor clean in the world of football right now and many people recognize this reality. At the moment there are some England players who are the stars of their club teams, but not for their country. It’s difficult to explain.I’d give my life to be the national team coach.” – Diego Maradona

“There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen – me or Pele. Everyone would say to me.” – Diego Maradona

“I gave all I had. Now I want to enjoy my family.” – Diego Maradona

“You were only a goalkeeper.” – Diego Maradona

“I’ll be too old to face a difficult championship as the one in America will surely be.” – Diego Maradona

“I am black or white, I’ll never be grey in my life.” – Diego Maradona

“Pele should go back to the museum.” – Diego Maradona

Cristiano Ronaldo

“In football, I don’t have a lot of friends. The people who I really trust, there are not many… Most of the time, I’m alone.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

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

“One rule that will work if it is used everywhere, is that when you have a free-kick, the referee puts the mark on the floor to make sure the defenders keep their distance.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

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

“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

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

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

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

“Every season is a new challenge to me, and I always set out to improve in terms of games, goals, assists.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

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

“I think sometimes the best training is to rest.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

David Beckham

“Soccer is a magical game.” – David Beckham

“I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing” – David Beckham

“I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer and someone who is passionate about the game.” – David Beckham

“As a footballer, you always want to test yourself against the best.” – David Beckham

“I’m a very stubborn person. I think it has helped me over my career. I’m sure it has hindered me at times as well, but not too many times. I know that if I set my mind to do something, even if people are saying I can’t do it, I will achieve it.” – David Beckham

“We stay as a team. I might be England captain, but that doesn’t mean I get treated differently.” – David Beckham

“I love scoring goals for England and playing for England. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t retire – I love playing for my country.” – David Beckham

“My private life is perfect. If your private life and your life outside football is good, then it is good on the field for you.” – David Beckham

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – David Beckham

Pelé

“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

“All my life I thank God. My family was very religious.” – Pelé

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

“Everything is practice.” – Pelé

“At 17, I already had a 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

“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

“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

“I always think that I would have become an actor if I hadn’t been a soccer player.” – Pelé

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

“Lionel Messi is a wonderful player. Very skillful. Highly intelligent. He is not good in the air.” – Pelé

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

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

“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

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

“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

Zinedine Zidane

“It’s the first time it’s happened to me and maybe the last. It’s a strange sensation, not normal for me. I can’t remember scoring three goals, even when I was a kid.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life. There were lots of kids of different races and poor families. People had to struggle to get through the day.” – Zinedine Zidane

“There was huge pressure, especially before the big games. Not many people believed in us, but we believed in ourselves. We wanted to do something good and we did.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Every day I think about where I come from and I am still proud to be who I am: first, a Kabyle from La Castellane, then an Algerian from Marseille, and then a Frenchman.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Music was important. Football was the easy part.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Ronaldinho is total class – a very, very great player. He is quick, powerful, and has extraordinary technical qualities. He is a dribbler but is also a player who can make the play for his teammates. He’s not really a No.10, a true organizer. He’s more a second attacker who can score goals and has the vision to make them.” – Zinedine Zidane

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

“Zidane is unique. The ball flows with him. He is more like a dancer than a football player.” – Zinedine Zidane

“We are well aware of the task ahead of us in what will be a very difficult match but which we all dream of playing.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Zidane is probably the best player there has been in the past 20 years … France has recovered the best Zidane and they have progressively grown throughout this tournament.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Beckenbauer: Zidane es incomparable, www.emol.com. 2003..” – Zinedine Zidane

“The England team must always be respected. They always fight to the end.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Sometimes words are harder than blows.” – Zinedine Zidane

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

“To be recognized by a whole country is incredible. This is massive.” – Zinedine Zidane

“The only important thing I have to say is that my father never fought against his country.” – Zinedine Zidane

“The French team has given me so much and I want to help it. I told myself I did not have much time left in soccer, and I want to profit from it to the maximum.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Nobody knows if Zidane is an angel or demon. He smiles like Saint Teresa and grimaces like a serial killer.” – Zinedine Zidane

“You can’t get bored of winning. You can win 10 games in a row but you keep the same will to snatch the 11th. You always need more.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Messi makes the difference most of the time. In particular, he is always going forwards. He never passes the ball backward or sideways. He has only one idea, to run towards the goal. So as a football fan, just enjoy the show.” – Zinedine Zidane

“My father is an Algerian, proud of who he is and I am proud that my father is Algerian.” – Zinedine Zidane

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

“I’m very inspired by him-it was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up.” – Zinedine Zidane

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

“I reached this level by sheer dint of hard work, toiling away at scores of tricks and experiments. I used to play with the ball from dawn till dusk and just kept practicing. If I wasn’t playing matches, it was trying out one on one or two against two with a tennis ball. Then I used to try aiming at certain targets. That’s the only way to learn. And if I missed the target, I kept trying until I score.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Mandela has played a crucial part in history. He’s done some extraordinary things, not only for his country but also for the whole world.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Everything Iniesta does impress me. He could even play as a goalkeeper. He’s magical.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I love Madrid. I am happy to be here. I have been here for three years and hope to be here longer. But I am proud of where I come from and never forget the people I grew up with.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Obviously fashion is a completely different world from football.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Life is full of regrets, but it doesn’t pay to look back.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I am proud of where I come from and I will never forget the people I grew up with.” – Zinedine Zidane

“It’s only natural to want to select your best players and there is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play.” – Zinedine Zidane

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

“It’s true, the pressure is something that goes with football nowadays. You need to accept it, and everything that it involves – the good and the bad.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I am first of all from La Castellane and Marseille.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I don’t know if we are the best team in the world. I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It’s a dream.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Everything I have achieved in football is due to playing football in the streets with my friend.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Sometimes I don’t know what takes me over during a game. Sometimes I just feel I have moved to a different place and I can make the pass, score the goal or go past my marker at will.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Zidane was from another planet. When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the 10 other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I may have had a lot of luck in my life, but I still need to find a challenge in the game.” – Zinedine Zidane

“If Giggs was French, Pires or I would have been on the bench.” – Zinedine Zidane

“All of us at Juventus agreed Manchester United were the best side we met in the Champions League. They have so many talented young players and can only get better and better. Giggs is truly world-class.” – Zinedine Zidane

“We were a family who had come from nothing and now we had respect from French people of all sorts.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Real Madrid is the most important thing that happened to me, both as a footballer and as a person.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Zidane is the master. Over the past 10 years, there’s been no-one like him, he has been the best player in the world.” – Zinedine Zidane

“My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.” – Zinedine Zidane

“My memories of events and games are fragmented.” – Zinedine Zidane

“A Mediterranean city is really my culture.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I have decided to come back to Les Bleus.” – Zinedine Zidane

“It doesn’t matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special.” – Zinedine Zidane

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

“Scholes is undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I am supposed to set an example to young players.” – Zinedine Zidane

“You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.” – Zinedine Zidane

“It’s hard to explain but I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard. And this desire never to stop fighting is something else I learned in the place where I grew up.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I have never had the opportunity to play in England, so I know little about it.” – Zinedine Zidane

“In France, everybody realized that God exists and that he is back in the French international team. God is back, there is little left to say.” – Zinedine Zidane

“I have always said the French team is the most important thing that has happened to me. I thought deeply about it and I want to play for France again.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Ronaldinho is a special player, but Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game.” – Zinedine Zidane

“If you are determined and confident, there is nothing in this great existence that can stop you from achieving what you want.” – Zinedine Zidane

“Messi is the Mozart of football.” – Zinedine Zidane

Johan Cruyff

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

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

“Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality are boring.” – Johan Cruyff

“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

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

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

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

“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

“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

Ronaldinho

“My heroes were always soccer players.” – Ronaldinho

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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 an instinct that gives the orders.” – Ronaldinho

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

Bill Shankly

“If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.” – Bill Shankly

“Some people think football (soccer) is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” – Bill Shankly

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.” – Bill Shankly

“Football (soccer) is a matter of life and death, except more important.” – Bill Shankly

“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

“Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.” – Bill Shankly

“A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing.” – Bill Shankly

“If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be.” – Bill Shankly

“Pressure is working down the pit. The pressure is having no work at all. The pressure is trying to escape relegation on 50 shillings a week. The pressure is not the European Cup or the Championship or the Cup Final. That’s the reward.” – Bill Shankly

Wayne Rooney

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

“I play the game as honestly as I can. If the referee gives a penalty there is nothing you can do.” – Wayne Rooney

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

“I love football, football is my life.” – Wayne Rooney

“I love football so when I finish playing I would like to still be involved in it somehow and a manager would be my first choice.” – Wayne Rooney

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

“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

“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

Steven Gerrard

“In football, the hero and legend status is given out far too easily for me.” – Steven Gerrard

“It’s too easy to blame other people in football.” – Steven Gerrard

“I was always determined to make it as a footballer, but if things hadn’t worked out, I’d have maybe followed my dad into the building industry.” – Steven Gerrard

“If you don’t play well, you have a bad game or a nightmare you know that the amount of coverage is worldwide.” – Steven Gerrard

Xavi

“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

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

“You pressure, you want possession, 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, play. That’s football – for me, at least.” – Xavi

“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

Thierry Henry

“To be a footballer was just a dream, and I don’t believe in dreams. I only deal with 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

“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

“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

“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

Christine Sinclair

“When I was growing up, you didn’t know there was a women’s national team. Now girls grow up dreaming of playing for Canada.” – Christine Sinclair

“I think a lot of people thought women’s soccer had arrived and it was here to stay and it was going to be huge, but that wasn’t realistic. It has progressed slowly.” – Christine Sinclair

“I think the thing that has sort of always separated me, even from when I was younger, is my ability to score goals.” – Christine Sinclair

“I have a Pomeranian dog named Nutmeg – a combination of the soccer move and the color. It’s perfect.” – Christine Sinclair