Best Inspirational Soccer Quotes & Sayings

Soccer, also known as football outside of America, is a global and massively popular sport. Every four years, the world seems to get together as they anticipate the World Cup. This event is widely viewed all across the globe.

Each game lasts 90 minutes long divided into two 45-minute halves. Whoever gets the most goals, wins.

67 Best Soccer Quotes to Inspire and Motivate You

Whether you are only planning to take the sport seriously or have been a long-time aficionado, keep reading. We have a list of some of the most inspiring quotes from famous football players and coaches. These may just give you the kick you need to try the sport or grow your skills.

1. “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

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

3. “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

4. “As a soccer player, the goal isn’t to be very bulky. It is more important to even your body out. Make sure your body is well rounded. You can’t really focus on one area. Everything has to be balanced.” – Jozy Altidore

5. “I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

6. “If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they’ve won.” – Mia Hamm

7. “Five days shalt thou labor, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God’s. The sixth day is for football.” – John Anthony Burgess Wilson

8. “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

9. “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

10. “The most important thing for a forward is speed of thought. Top players read the game.” – Samuel Eto’o

11. “Some people think football 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

12. “If we played like that every week we wouldn’t be so inconsistent.” – Bryan Robson

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

14. “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.” – Pele

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

16. “Soccer’s not a game that you can restrict players, especially creative players and players who have proven themselves at that level.” – Tiffeny Milbrett

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

18. “If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.” – Neville Southall

19. “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

20. “Everything is practice.” – Pele

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

22. “You have to control what you can control, not the entire game, and try to play the best soccer possible and play clean and be smart and professional.” – Heather Mitts

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

24. “Soccer is the ballet of the masses.” – Dmitri Shostakovich

25. “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

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

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

28. “You’ve got to believe that you’re going to win, and I believe we’ll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we’re knocked out.” – Harry Kewell

29. “Good soccer players need not be titans sculpted by Michelangelo. In soccer, ability is much more important than shape, and in many cases, skill is the art of turning limitations into virtues.” – Eduardo Galeano

30. “In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.” – Jean Paul Sartre

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

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

33. “The game of soccer has been able to give me what I wanted out of life. I just remember being a total Tomboy and athlete as a girl, but never having a lack of opportunity.” – Tiffeny Milbrett

34. “Becoming a footballer is only the first half of the silent prayer a kid offers up to the sky or confides to his teacher in a primary school essay. The second part is the name of the team he wants to play for.” – Andrea Pirlo

35. “All good athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once.” – Raul Lopez

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

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

38. “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.” – Phil Woosnam

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

40. “The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It’s the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.” – George Graham

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

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

43. “In soccer, the blindest player is the one who sees nothing but the ball.” – Nelson Rodrigues

44. “When good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle, and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.” – Eduardo Galeano

45. “You will go through tough times, it’s about getting through them.” – David Beckham

46. “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

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

48. “The mistake is to imagine that perfection is possible when the very idea is unthinkable.” – Luis Figo

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

50. “The person that said winning isn’t everything never won anything.” – Mia Hamm

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

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

53. “And one fine day the goddess of the wind kisses the foot of man, that mistreated, scorned foot, and from that kiss, the soccer idol is born. He is born in a straw crib in a tin-roofed shack and he enters the world clinging to a ball.” – Eduardo Galeano

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

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

56. “Soccer isn’t the same as Bach or Buddhism. But it is often more deeply felt than religion, and just as much a part of the community’s fabric, a repository of traditions.” – Franklin Foer

57. “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” – Mark Viduka

58. “Sometimes in soccer, you have to score goals.” – Thierry Daniel Henry

59. “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

60. “To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut and that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.” – John Boynton Priestly

61. “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

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

63. “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 Daniel Henry

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

65. “I never thought I’d play soccer past high school, so to go from that team to actually being most-capped and three World Cups is pretty special.” – Cobi Jones

66. “It seems that soccer tournaments create those relationships: people gathered together in pubs and living rooms, a whole country suddenly caring about the same event. A World Cup is the sort of common project that otherwise barely exists in modern societies.” – Simon Kuper

67. “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

Final Thoughts

Did these famous personalities of soccer inspire you? These are some of the most inspiring quotes about soccer that you will find. The people who said these words have all lived their dreams. This time, they want to inspire the younger generation to pursue this similar passion.

Whether or not deep into the sport, there’s no denying that these motivational nuggets of wisdom have a general effect on your life. You will surely learn more than a thing or two and apply it to improving your everyday.

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