103+ Best Soccer Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Soccer is one of the the most popular sport worldwide and all of the players have clearly demonstrated a commitment to excellence. Inspirational soccer quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Soccer Quotes

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 here are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age. Cristiano Ronaldo

Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win. Gary Lineker

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

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

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

Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win. Gary Lineker

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

We must have had 99 percent of the game. it was the other three percent that cost us the match. Ruud Gullit

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet Ronaldinho

It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference. Bear Bryant (Not really a World Cup quote, but a great one nonetheless!

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

Everything is practice. Pele

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

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits. Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

I would rather be called strong than pretty. I would rather be called muscular than skinny. I would rather be called athletic than beautiful. I would rather be called a soccer player than a girl.

Inspirational Soccer Quotes

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

It’s hard to beat someone who never quits.

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

Keep working even when no one is watching. Alex Morgan

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

Maybe they hate me, because I’m too good. Cristiano Ronaldo

Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer). Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

The players are writing a beautiful page of French football history. Didier Deschamps

Only in sport can you live through emotions like this. We knew how to put them in difficulty, we made them run, we prepared well. Samuel Umtiti

The first 90 minutes are the most important. Sir Robert William Bobby Robson

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

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

Tactically, the coach did a perfect job yesterday, so we know we will be fully prepared. Antoine Griezmann

I always look forward to playing for my national team, especially at major tournaments. Luka Modric

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

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

I hope the players benefit from my experience but this is their final. It is something they have worked for and they will be able to enjoy it. Didier Deschamps

People in football love to talk about mental strength. Well, I’m the strongest dude you’re ever going to meet. Because I remember sitting in the dark with my brother and my mom, saying our prayers, and thinking, believing, knowing … it’s [success] going to happen. Romelu Lukaku

Our country has been through difficult experiences in terms of unity. Sport – football in particular – has the power to help that. It is a special feeling. Gareth Southgate

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

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

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

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

When you buy me you are buying a Ferrari. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Especially the English journalists and pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia. That was a huge mistake. All their words, we took, we were reading and we said: ‘Ok, we will see who will be tired.’ They should be more humble and respect the opponents. We dominated the game physically and mentally, in all aspects. We should have killed the game before extra-time. Luka Modric

All goalscorers go on droughts. It is how you cope with that. And it is not just about scoring, it is about what you bring to the team, bringing others into play and getting assists. Harry Kane

I kept my promise to myself for a while. But then some days I’d come home from school and find my mum crying. So I finally told her one day, “Mum, it’s gonna change. You’ll see. I’m going to play football for Anderlecht, and it’s going to happen soon. We’ll be good. You won’t have to worry anymore. Romelu Lukaku

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 Priestley

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

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

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

The smartest thing I did is I never gave up. Ivan Rakitic

Motivational Soccer Quotes

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

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

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. Ronaldo

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

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

Years have gone by and I’ve finally learned to accept myself for who I am: a beggar for good soccer. I go about the world, hand outstretched, and in the stadiums I plead: ‘A pretty move, for the love of God.’ Eduardo Galeano

I kept my promise to myself for a while. But then some days I’d come home from school and find my mum crying. So I finally told her one day, Mum, it’s gonna change. You’ll see. I’m going to play football for Anderlecht, and it’s going to happen soon. We’ll be good. You won’t have to worry anymore. Romelu Lukaku

Since the beginning of the competition he has got it right, and I hope it will be the same for the final. Antoine Griezmann

It is often said in soccer that a country’s particular style of play bears the fingerprints of its social and political nature. Thus the Germans are unfailingly characterized as resourceful and organized, while Brazilians are said to dance with the ball to the free-form, samba rhythms of Carnival. Jere Longman

Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits, and get on with trying to win. Lionel Messi

Though the legs of a football coach are never so active on the field of play during playing time, his mind is the best or worse player on the pitch! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Before kids can play like a pro, they must enjoy playing the game like a kid. Steve Locker

Football is the ballet of the masses. Dmitri Shostakovich

The questions around us principally come down to character; the essential ability to withstand events that go against you. Gareth Southgate

I have to be scoring goals and playing well to get in the team because, if not, others who are in better form will play. Diego Costa

Football is all about sentiment; if it weren’t then we’d all support Manchester United. Mark O’Brien

[Books are] vital to learning. Half the population doesn’t go to football matches but that doesn’t make football any less important. John Sutherland

Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize. Germaine Greer

To me, soccer is so much more than a ball and two goals; it connects people from all of the corners of the world. Unknown Author

Life is like a game of soccer. You need goals. If there are no goals in your life then you can’t win. Unknown Author

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

Outside football, I just love life, you know. We’re lucky to play football, to have all this body. Everyone’s watching us. You see how many people, they come and watch the game. It’s unbelievable, you see how many people they come. They shout your name and just enjoy life. Paul Pogba

Soccer is not just about scoring goals. It’s about winning. Unknown Author

Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a lifetime. Unknown Author

I think there are a lot of things that soccer does in the communities that transcend the soccer field. Brandi Denise Chastain

I never tried to hide the fact that my only goal is to be the best Cristiano Ronaldo

What I learned from directing, I learned from soccer, where it’s like a coach-player relationship. Sean Durkin

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger. Mia Hamm

I’ve always been working hard on my speed for the last few years. Obviously, I’m not slow, but as a striker, the more speed you have, the better you are. Harry Kane

The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football. Terry Pratchett

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team. Jean-Paul Sartre

Soccer and basketball are the only mainstream sports that truly plug into the modern-pulse of a dot-com society. Soccer is perfectly suited for a country of the hamster-treadmill pace, the remote-control zap and the national attention deficit-two 45-minute halves, the clock never stops, no commercial interruptions, the final whistle blows in less than two hours. It is a fluid game of systemized chaos that, no matter how tightly scripted by coaches, cannot be regulated any more than information can be truly controlled on the Internet. Jere Longman

My father used to say, ‘If you want to know the artist, look at the art’. He was usually talking about Stanley Matthews or Don Bradman when he said it. David Peace

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

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching. Mia Hamm

You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it. Leonel Messi

I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths. Sydney Leroux

[Garrincha] was the one who would climb out of the training camp window because he heard from some far-off back alley call of a ball asking to be played with, music demanding to be danced to, a woman wanting to be kissed. Eduardo Galeano

I thought, if we could just come together as a community, even if that just meant playing soccer together, that could be the beginning of something good. Coming together as a community, as a people, creates more power than exists when individuals are fighting each other for scraps. Soccer has always brought people together. Soccer was where I would begin. Kennedy Odede

Substitution is a true test of strength. The real performance of a player is seen not only during playing time but also and more especially when the player is substituted. Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

A penalty is a cowardly way to score. Pelé

I want to win and always have done since I was small. I don’t know if it’s in my blood or just my personality. Diego Costa

Back in the 1930s, when men with handlebar mustaches played football in long johns and tails, and the ball was a spherical clod of bitumen, did fans weep in the stands when their team lost? No. They limited their responses to a muttered ‘blast’ or a muted ‘hurrah’ before going home to smoke a pipe and lean on the mantelpiece. Charlie Brooker

It is a unique and special feeling when the fans sing my name. It’s incredible when I hear the song, and it’s touching that there are people who connect with you. Philippe Coutinho

Complaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear: it misses the point somehow. Nick Hornby

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