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147 Best Soccer Quotes & Sayings

Here is a list of 147 Best Soccer Quotes & Sayings.

 

Soccer Quotes & Sayings

 

“If you ask why I play soccer, I ask you why do you breathe.”

 

“A great soccer player is never content with their performance.”

 

“The pride you gain is worth the pain.”

 

“Good luck is a residue of preparation.” – Jack Young blood

 

“A winner never stops trying.” – Tom Landry

 

“You never lose a game if the opponent doesn’t score.” – Darrell Royal

 

“The head talks to the heart and the heart talks to the feet.” – Pele

 

“Play with your heart not just your feet.”

 

“They ask me why I play soccer, I ask them why don’t they.”

 

“I learned all about life with a ball at my feet.” – Ronaldinho

 

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

 

“I do it because I love it and that’s all I care about.” – Lionel Messi

 

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

 

“Every disadvantage has its advantage.” – Hendrik Johannes Cruijff

 

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

 

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

 

“Soccer is a magical game.” – David Beckham

 

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

 

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

 

“Life is a soccer field, don’t you think?” – Shakira

 

“For me, soccer was a dance.” – Rabih Alameddine

 

“Football is the ballet of the masses.” – Dmitri Shostakovich

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“The first 90 minutes are the most important.” – Sir Robert William

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” – Paul Brown

 

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi Jr

 

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

 

“Soccer was the first sport that my parents put me in” – Channing Tatum

 

“What we are missing over here is the life of soccer.” – Thomas Dooley

 

“The aura of soccer is very different from other sports.” – Dave Checketts

 

“The game is not over till the whistle blows. Meaning don’t give up. Never give up.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pelé

 

“Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable!” – Cristiano Ronaldo

 

“To be honest with you, I never looked at soccer as a sacrifice.” – Brandi Chastain

 

“I wanted to be a soccer player; I wanted to do it at the highest level.” – Tim Howard

 

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

 

“Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” – Paul Bear Bryant

 

“In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball.” – Nelson Falcão Rodrigues

 

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

 

“I’ve never tried to hide the fact that it is my intention to become the best.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

 

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

 

“I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.” – Abby Wambach

 

“We should make the most of life, enjoy it because that’s the way it is.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

 

“There is always someone out there getting better than you by training harder than you.” – Pele

 

“Soccer is more than a ball and some goals. Soccer is the reason I wake up every day and breath.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Soccer is life…I was born to play soccer and I will die playing soccer…that is why I need to live it out!”

 

“Good players practice until they get it right. But great players practice until they never get it wrong.”

 

“Every moment you spend not playing soccer, someone out there is getting better than you.”

 

“The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.” – Josef Herberger

 

“A game of soccer induces more than enjoyment, more than entertainment.” – Rabih Alameddine

 

“My boyfriend told me to choose between him and soccer… I’m really gonna miss him.”

 

“Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a lifetime.”

 

“If TV were only an invention to broadcast soccer, it would be justified.” – Roberto Fontanarrosa

 

“Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.” – Mia Hamm

 

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

 

“Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.” – Peyton Manning

 

“In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” – Arnold H. Glasow.

 

“I love soccer. That’s all I ever watch. I’ll watch it all day if I can. But I’m too bloody old to play now.” – Geezer Butler

 

“International soccer has been a big part of my love for the sport. I love the Men’s National Team. I can say that they’re my favorite sports team.” – Drew Carey

 

“I think, really, that the only way a person can open their heart to someone who is so much another is really by knowing them… whether that’s in a classroom or a soccer team.” – Elizabeth Strout

 

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

 

“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.” – Neymar

 

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

 

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

 

“The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.” – William Shankly

 

“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

 

“A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.” – Arsène Wenger

 

“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

 

“I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.” – Roy Maurice Keane

 

“The greatest feeling in the world is when you’re on that soccer field, and you know that your team is going to succeed because you look around and see your 10 best friends playing beside you.”

 

“Soccer isn’t something that you can fake. It’s a feeling, a passion, a lifestyle. If you don’t live, eat, sleep, and breath soccer, then you are not a true soccer player, you just wear the jersey.”

 

“The Enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.” – Jerry Rice

 

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

 

“Take your victories, whatever they might be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.” – Mia Hamm

 

“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

 

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

 

“Every time I went away I was deceiving my mom. I’d tell her I was going to school but I’d be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.” – Ronaldo

 

“God gives gifts to everyone, some can write, some can dance. He gave me the skill to play football and I am making the most of it.” –Ronaldinho

 

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

 

“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

 

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

 

“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

 

“You can’t just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again.” ―Mia Hamm

 

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

 

“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

 

“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

 

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

 

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

 

“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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“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

 

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

 

“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

 

“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

 

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

 

“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

 

“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

 

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

 

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” – Vince Lombardi Jr

 

“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

 

“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 any more.” – Thierry Henry

 

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

 

“I think soccer is more respected now than it ever has been. You can see that in the numbers of young kids who are playing and the numbers of people who are coming to watch.” – Brandi Chastain

 

“When you play soccer, most of the time you got to get the ball moving, but once you get into that attacking third you gotta’ be creative, you gotta’ let your talent take over.” – Freddy Adu

 

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

 

“I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.” – Eduardo Galeano

 

“In Europe, it’s different – you eat soccer, you breathe soccer, you drink soccer. Everything is about soccer.” – Thomas Dooley

 

“Soccer is a great game, and the rich variety of styles and passions that come with being truly global makes the World Cup a nonpareil event in the universe of competitive sport.” – Serge Schmemann

 

“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 Suarez

 

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

 

“Soccer is the most difficult business that we’re in, because one day you’re on top, and the next day you’re very low.” – Emilio Azcarraga Jean

 

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

 

“To combat the monotony of gym workouts, I started playing soccer. I looked at workouts as training sessions. My soccer training includes squats, pushups, resistance-band work, and sprints. Ninety minutes of running became part of my love of the game rather than a chore.” – Adam Richman

 

“I don’t play soccer because it’s fun, I play it because of the passion for the game, because without it there is nothing and it is like a headache when you can’t play. Soccer isn’t just my sport it is my way of life and my passion!”

 

“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

 

“Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your teammate.” – 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. Afterwards, there’s a little less gas inside.” – Johan Cruyff

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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 defence is here, so I get the ball and I go there to where the space is.” – Xavi

 

“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

 

“I get asked this a lot: Why has soccer not succeeded? My answer is, soccer has succeeded. It is already the fastest growing youth participation sport in the U.S. It has already succeeded at the youth level, no question.” – Lamar Hunt

 

“Over the last 10-15 years, you’ve seen soccer finally start to grow at a fast pace, start to get the recognition it deserves, and I think it has to do with all of the people who come to America from foreign countries.” – Claudio Reyna

 

“As professional soccer players, we take our bodies to the extreme. We’re the people at the gym that look like we’re breaking the machines. Pushing our bodies to the limits is what makes us so strong and capable and Olympians. It’s not an easy thing to consistently do over and over again to your body.” – Abby Wambach

 

“One of my biggest influences of all time would probably be one of my soccer coaches, Coach Darlington, from high school. He was always trying to get me to push myself really hard. No excuses. I always hated him, but it paid off. I think that’s what life is all about… when you push through the hard stuff and it pays off.” – Jonny Weston

 

“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 confidence to go forward. It is someone who, when a team does not do well, becomes one of the leaders.” – Pelé

 

“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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