The 50 Best Soccer Quotes

The 50 Best Soccer Quotes

Read these words from professional soccer players and feel a real champion!

The 50 Best Soccer Quotes

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Soccer Quotes

Soccer is the most popular sport all around the world. If we talk about Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Diego Armando Maradona we all know who they are. These footballers' (soccer players) words can make you feel you can do anything on the football pitch. 

Do you want to feel like a real champion? Do you need some motivation for this sport or do you need to boost your confidence when playing? Here we have a collection of soccer quotes said by different professional soccer players around the world. Read and feel inspired by them. 

50“If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me.”

Romelu Lukaku

49“Everything in my life has happened very early, personally and professionally. I’m always learning: I have to.”

Neymar Jr.

48“I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths.”

Sydney Leroux

47"A champion is someone who does not settle for that day's practice, that day's competition, that day's performance. They are always striving to be better. They don't live in the past."

Briana Scurry

46"Soccer doesn't build character, it reveals it."

Brad Valentine

45"The most important thing for a forward is speed of thought. Top players read the game."

Samuel Eto'o

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

Tim Howard

43“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

42“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

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


40“It’s too easy to blame other people in football.”

Steven Gerrard

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


38“Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.”

Johan Cruyff

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

Zinedine Zidane

36“Talent without working hard is nothing.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

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

Diego Maradona

34“The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.”

Terry Pratchett

33“Many people say I’m the best women’s soccer player in the world. I don’t think so. And because of that, someday I just might be.”

Mia Hamm

32“I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in life, and that’s playing football. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time.”


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

Lionel Messi

30“As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him on 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

29“The first 90 minutes are the most important.”

Sir Robert William “Bobby” Robson

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

Josef “Sepp” Herberger

27“I learned all about life with a ball at my feet”


26“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

25"I’m going to remember to have fun this time. Life is too short for the stress and the drama."

Romelu Lukaku

24"Take the risk, or lose the chance."

Eden Hazard

23"The smartest thing I did is I never gave up."

Ivan Rakitic

22“I have to keep working hard and playing well because I don’t like to be second or third: they’re the worst places to be. You would be proud, of course, because it means you’re on the way, but you want to finish first.”

Paul Pogba

21“That’s the mentality – don’t just play it, win it.”

Luis Suarez

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

Lionel Messi

19“Money does not guarantee success.”

José Mourinho

18“My dad always taught me to never be satisfied, to want more and know that what is done is done.”

Thierry Henry

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


16“People react to criticism in different ways, and my way is definitely to come out fighting.”

David Beckham

15“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

14“Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.”

Paul Bear Bryant

13“A winner never stops trying.”

Tom Landry

12"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

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

Cristiano Ronaldo

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

Mia Hamm

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

Zinedine Zidane

8"Keep working even when no one is watching."

Alex Morgan

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

Mia Hamm

6"It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference."

Bear Bryant

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

Abby Wambach

4“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.”


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

Diego Maradona

2“In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball.”

Nelson Falcão Rodrigues

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

Wayne Rooney