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100 Deep & Inspiring Soccer Quotes From The Greatest Players

We have compiled a list of the most inspiring and motivational quotes by famous soccer athletes. The quotes are arranged by the player’s first name. 
All quotes are famous and we hope you really enjoy them.


Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes

1. “Talent without hard work is nothing.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

2. “I don’t have to show anything to anyone. There is nothing to prove.” – 
Cristiano Ronaldo

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

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

5. “My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double. And that’s what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.” –  Cristiano Ronaldo

6. “I’m not going to change the world, You’re not going to change the world. But we can all help.” –  Cristiano Ronaldo

7. “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

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

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

10. “My friends ask me if I want more kids, and I always say yes, I want more; it’s the best thing you can in your life.” – Cristiano Ronaldo


Lionel Messi Quotes

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

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

3. “I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.” – Lionel Messi

4. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. A child’s smile is worth more than all the money in the world.” – Lionel Messi

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

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

7.  “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

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

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

10.  “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

Neymar Jr. Quotes

1. “Our objective is always to win. Every day, every game, and every competition.” – Neymar Jr.

2. “I am proud of every one of my teammates.” – Neymar Jr.

3.  “When we lose, we don’t have to change everything but correct things by working hard.” – Neymar Jr.

4.  “I’m a happy guy. I like to joke around. I’m irreverent. I love my family; I love my son. I was very happy with and proud of the birth of my son. I grew up a lot after he was born. I’m just an easy and happy guy.” – Neymar Jr.

5.  “I just want to be better every day, to get better every day, not to be better than anyone else.” – Neymar Jr.

6. “In the Premier League, you never know who is going to win or who will be champions. It is always a surprise.” – Neymar Jr.

7.  “I only want to be the best that I can be.” – Neymar Jr.

8. “It is difficult to take in that your idols are in the same place as you are.” – Neymar Jr.

9. “My father always told me I like the ball more than I like playing soccer: since I was a young kid, I was always skilled with it, dribbling furniture around the house. That’s how I see football – fun and dynamic – and this goes beyond me; it’s a characteristic of Brazilian football.” – Neymar Jr.

10. “When you see a person you love is affected, suffering, people saying things that aren’t true… then it hurts you.” – Neymar Jr.

Pelé Quotes

1. “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

2. “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

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

4. “Everything is practice.” – Pelé

5. “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

6. “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

7. “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

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

9. “Wherever you go, there are three icons that everyone knows: Jesus Christ, Pele and Coca-Cola.” – Pelé

10.  “Everything on earth is a game. A passing thing. We all end up dead. We all end up the same, don’t we?” – Pelé

Ronaldinho Quotes

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

2. “My heroes were always soccer players.” – Ronaldinho

3. “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

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

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

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

7. “My family is everything. I am what I am thanks to my mother, my father, my brother, my sister… because they have given me everything. The education I have is thanks to them.” – Ronaldinho

8. “I am ugly, but what I do have is charm.” – Ronaldinho

9. “I think each player has an individual style. Each is concerned with giving the best to his team, and I think my best talent is dribbling and setting up goal situations, giving an assist or deceiving one of the other team’s players.” – Ronaldinho

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

Wayne Rooney Quotes

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

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

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

4.  “I’ll keep doing my training and I’m sure the goals will come.” – Wayne Rooney

5. “You can learn more from the lows than the highs. The highs are great but the lows make you really look at things in a different way and want to improve. Every player will have both in their careers and I have, but what you get is that experience which is so important to perform at your best.” – Wayne Rooney

6. “Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.” – Wayne Rooney

7. “Perfect partners don’t exist. Perfect conditions exist for a limited time in which partnerships express themselves best.” – Wayne Rooney

8. “When you are 16 there is no fear whatsoever. 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

9. “Nice to see your home fans boo you. That’s what loyal support is.” – Wayne Rooney

10. “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

Luis Suárez Quotes

1. “When I say, ‘I’m sorry,’ it’s because I regret something.” – Luis Suárez

2. “Every soccer player can be on the edge, at the limit, be the bad guy. We have to get used to it. Sometimes I am one of those.” – Luis Suárez

3. “Injuries are not only a physical question, which is the most important thing, of course, but also a question of your mind. If you’re thinking: ‘I’m not going to make it’, ‘I can’t cope’, ‘it hurts’, ‘it’s never going to get better’, then it won’t.” – Luis Suárez

4. “I want to change the bad boy image that has stuck for a bit because I don’t think I am at all how I have been portrayed. I would like that to change because it’s awful to hear and read what is said of you.” – Luis Suárez

5. “When I was a kid, I had to fight for everything.” – Luis Suárez

6. “I will give my soul every game.” – Luis Suárez

7. “Every player feels differently about playing football. We are all different people. I am the type who wants to win all the time. I hate to lose.” – Luis Suárez

8. “On the field, sometimes passion overwhelms you, and you do things you regret afterward.” – Luis Suárez

9. “I have to put my career first.” – Luis Suárez

10. “I’m an emotional person, and I externalise my feelings a lot with some things, but I’m strong with others.” – Luis Suárez

Gareth Bale Quotes

1.  “Once you win something, yeah, you enjoy it. But then it’s on to the next game.” – Gareth Bale

2. “My friends and family keep me grounded.” – Gareth Bale

3. “I was never too much into school. I liked lunchtimes and breaks, but nah, I hated sitting at a desk. I was always looking out of the window, looking at my watch, thinking about when I could play football.” – Gareth Bale

4. “There seems to be this thing in football where everything has to be… now!” – Gareth Bale

5. “It’s good to have a bad season because you learn a lot about yourself; you become stronger, and you see where you have to improve.” – Gareth Bale

6. “As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground. But I don’t think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football.” – Gareth Bale

7. “The most important thing is to not waste your money.” – Gareth Bale

8. “When I go on a pitch, I just try to enjoy it as much as I can. The more you enjoy it, the better you play.” – Gareth Bale

9. “I always believed in my ability, but I think in any sport you need that little bit of luck.” – Gareth Bale

10. “As long as I’m playing week in week out, I’m going to become a better player.” – Gareth Bale

Andrés Iniesta Quotes

1. “Some people like you, some people don’t. In the end you just have to be yourself.” – Andrés Iniesta

2. “There are moments when the human body can overcome things you would never expect.” – Andrés Iniesta

3. “Perfection doesn’t exist.” – Andrés Iniesta

4. “If you win without sacrifice you enjoy it but it’s more satisfying when you have struggled.” – Andrés Iniesta

5. “If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career.” – Andrés Iniesta

6. “I want to be remembered as a great footballer and a great player. When our football days are over, that’s all we are – people.” – Andrés Iniesta

7. “Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball. A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn’t move like one who weighs 60. In the playground, I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost.” – Andrés Iniesta

8. “I like to watch soccer, no matter what teams or players are in the field.” – Andrés Iniesta

9. “There are moments when your mind is very vulnerable. You feel a lot of doubts.” – Andrés Iniesta

10. “Most things come from inside; they’re intuitive. That’s the way I am.” – Andrés Iniesta

David Beckham Quotes

1. “Soccer is a magical game.” – David Beckham

2. 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

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

4. 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

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

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

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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

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