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Famous Soccer Quotes

There have been so many players that have graced the pitch with their presence throughout the years. However, only a hand few of the players are regarded as legends of the game. When these legends speak, their words are cemented and live on forever as famous soccer quotes.

In this article, we will share some of the most famous soccer quotes ever said by four of the greatest players to play the game. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Pelé, and Johan Cruyff. There is much wisdom and insight within the words that were spoken by these great men. Let these quotes serve as motivation and inspiration.

Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes

Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes

“I don’t care what people think or say. In my mind I am always the best.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“To be in my shoes is not easy.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“All of this happened because of the reason. The reason is; I am unbelievable inside the pitch.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“It’s not about the money. It’s about the passion.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“You have to work. I try to do it almost everyday. This is why I’ve been at a top level for many many years.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“There is no secret to my success. The secret is dedication and hard work; to be able to work 100% all the time.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“My motivation is to be at a top level all the time.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Every year is a challenge for me to be better than the previous year.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“My job is to continue to work hard, dedicate myself 100% and win trophies.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“I have achieved alot but of course this is not coming from the sky. I dedicate myself and work hard to be the best in the world.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“To be successful in football (soccer) you have to be professional and serious. Training hard is not enough. What are you eating? How much time are you relaxing?”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Maybe people don’t like me because Im just too good.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“My motivation is myself. I keep fighting against my self.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“We all have talents but talent without hard work is nothing.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“The best players always follow the best players. You can not rest or sleep because they will pass you.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Whatever you want to be in life; dedicate yourself, work hard and believe in youself.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“If your thinking too much about something, you will lose your focus which is the most important.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“You may say; “I have millions or billions”, but the most important thing is your familiy. Keep your family healthy and take care of them.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi Quotes

Lionel Messi Quotes

“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.”

Lionel Messi

“You have to fight to achieve your dreams. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

Lionel Messi

“I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I’m not enjoying it, I will leave football (soccer).”

Lionel Messi

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

Lionel Messi

“My ambition is always to get better and better.”

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.”

Lionel Messi

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

Lionel Messi

“I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”

Lionel Messi

“Many years ago when I first started my career Maradona told me “to enjoy and play as you know”, and that’s stayed with me ever since and is the best advice I’ve been given.”

Lionel Messi

“I don’t need the best hairstyle or the best body. Just give me a ball at my feet and I’ll show you what I can do.”

Lionel Messi

“I try to use pressure to help me in every game. Pressure helps me do things to the best of my ability. I like it. I don’t feel pressure; quite the contrary, because I always enjoy what I’m doing and that’s playing football (soccer).”

Lionel Messi

“Sometimes, you have to accept you can’t win all the time.”

Lionel Messi

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

Lionel Messi

“I would pass onto any young player to enjoy your football (soccer), play your football (soccer) as you want to play the game, try and enjoy it and make the most of it.”

Lionel Messi

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

Lionel Messi

“I always thought about carrying on training and working, chasing my dream.”

Lionel Messi

“I know how important it is to have a helping hand. In my childhood I had difficult times because of hormonal problems. If I hadn’t had support, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill my dreams.”

Lionel Messi

“Fatherhood changes you completely. If things didn’t go my way before, I became withdrawn and didn’t want to see or listen to anyone. Now, when I arrive home, I see my son and everything is OK. He’s the most important thing to me now.”

Lionel Messi

“You have got to love the game.”

Lionel Messi

“From the age of three, I played every day-morning, afternoon and night.”

Lionel Messi

Pele Quotes

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all love of what your are doing or learning to do.”

Pelé

“When a guy scores a lot of goals, a lot of people think; “He’s a great player” because a goal is very important. But a great player is a one who can do everything on the field. He can make assists, encourage his colleagues, and give them confidence to go forward. It is someone who when a team those not do well, becomes one of the leaders.”

Pelé

“When I pass one day, I will be happy because I tried to do my best.”

Pelé

“I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team.”

Pelé

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

Pelé

“Everything is practice.”

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 (soccer). This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health and you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you. But, you must be prepared.””

Pelé

“Pele doesn’t die. Pele will never die. Pele is going to go on for ever.”

Pelé

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

Pelé

“Success isn’t determined by how many times you win, but by how you play the week after you lose.”

Pelé

“Football (soccer) is the only sport where it brings people together. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, or poor, or white, or black. It is one nation. This is the beauty of football (soccer).

Pelé

“The beautiful game.”

Pelé

Johan Cruyff Quotes

“Football (soccer) is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.”

Johan Cruyff

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

Johan Cruyff

“Sometimes something’s got to happen before something is going to happen.”

Johan Cruyff

“Football (soccer) is now all about money. There are problems with the values within the game. This is sad because football (soccer) is the most beautiful game. We can play it in the street. We can play it everywhere.”

Johan Cruyff

“There are some people who might have better technique than me, and some may be fitter than me, but the main thing is tactics. With most players, tactics are missing. You can divide tactics into insight, trust, and daring. In the tactical area, I think I just have more than most other players.”

Johan Cruyff

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

Johan Cruyff

“I wanted to get my coaching badges after retiring, and I asked to take the exam, but they told me I needed to study for four years. I told them they were crazy. Who is going to study for four years? How is someone going to teach me technical things when I know more than they do?”

Johan Cruyff

“When I don’t have control of the ball, what do I do? I press to get it back. It’s a way of defending. But more important is that I like to have the ball. That’s why I believe in individual coaching sessions to prepare players properly.”

Johan Cruyff

“Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake.”

Johan Cruyff

“Without the ball, you can’t win.”

Johan Cruyff

“Football (soccer) should never be a worry. It should be exciting. When a child plays football (soccer) outside, he doesn’t need to worry. Professionals should be the same.”

Johan Cruyff

“It’s like everything in football (soccer) – and life. You need to look, you need to think, you need to move, you need to find space, you need to help others. It’s very simple in the end.”

Johan Cruyff

“My generation put in a lot more hours playing football (soccer) after school than kids today. These days, all the football (soccer) these kids play, they play at their clubs, so the clubs need to work seriously on the basic skills.”

Johan Cruyff

“Football (soccer) is a game you play with your mind.”

Johan Cruyff

“If you take golf, you have a teacher for the drive, a teacher for the approach play, and a teacher for the putt. That’s three specialist coaches for one player. In football (soccer), one coach looks after 25 players.”

Johan Cruyff

“Every disadvantage has its advantage.”

Johan Cruyff

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

Johan Cruyff

In Summary

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Pelé, and Johan Cruyff are four of the best players ever to play the beautiful game of soccer. Throughout the years, their words of wisdom have become soccer quotes that will live forever. All four players dedicated much energy, time, and dedication throughout their careers to achieve countless achievements.

These quotes provide motivation and insight into why and how greatness is achieved. With that said, many young players should absorb the wisdom that is contained within the words of these greats. Generations come and go, but very few produce individuals with the level of talent that these four players possessed.

Quotes are meant for all to learn from and to live by. The collection of soccer quotes within this article is some of the greatest in history.