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The best soccer quotes you will ever read!

The best soccer quotes from famous football players

I’ve spent my time researching some of the most motivational, funny and downright ridiculous soccer quotes.

Top 10 Motivational Soccer Quotes


Pele Brazilian Photo

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

There’s 2 ways to interpret this quote. You can take it literal in the sense that winning difficult matches feels better than a one sided victory. I like to think he’s talking about any challenge. If you overcome a very difficult challenge you feel amazing. Either way, challenge yourself and you’ll most likely be rewarded.

Lionel Messi

Messi Soccer quote

“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.”

I love this quote. So many people are looking for quick success. Instant gratification. This quote shows that while to the outside world Messi came out of nowhere, he spent his whole life working towards it.

A football career is a long journey. Players such as Jamie Vardy, Troy Deeney and Charlie Austin all spent time in Englands lower tiers before making the top level.

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

When a player that is arguably one of the best in the history of soccer says that he’s always working to achieve even more and will not stop working hard because he’s never satisfied, it just proves how humble he really is. It’s easy to get complacent when you’re good at something. Even more so when you’re the best player in the world and have achieved more than most.

Perhaps this is why he’s world number 1? A lot of soccer player share this same hard work mentality but they are not the best in the world. Messi is truly special.

Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly Football Quote

‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’

A quote which shows just how much soccer means to many of us. Show this quote to those who say “It’s just a game”. To a lot, it’s way more than that. It’s a shame that many people in the world will not feel as strongly about anything as we do about soccer.

Roy Keane

Roy Keane photo

“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.” 

While technique and skill can be taught to some extent, it’s up to the player to learn it. They can do this by playing soccer lots, watching videos and spending time trying to nail the skill. A coach does have some say on player development but if a player isn’t dedicated, he will not become good.

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” 

This is a fairly straight forward quote. Roy Keane is a fairly blunt and to the point person. The quote itself is something that you’d probably heard from a teacher, tutor or life coach. Though If you’re a coach and you have 0 preparation for training sessions or matches, you’re not going to get very far.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane Quote

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

This quote really puts things into perspective. You could be worried about not starting, getting subbed off or angry because you can’t get the cleats you want but at least you can play. Imagining a world where you’re not able to play soccer is depressing.

It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up.

While it’s originally a quote about being a minority, everyone can learn from this quote. There’s so many people that don’t give 100%, they may believe that they are but more often than not, there’s another level that they can go to.


Neymar PSG

There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true.

It’s important to remember why you’re playing football. You may be nervous before a big match but just remember why you’re playing.

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. 

Most kids that enjoy soccer have dreamt of becoming professional at some stage in their life (myself included). Believe in your dreams, keep the faith and more important than anything else, work incredibly hard. Even if you don’t make it, you’ll have gave it your best shot.

Top 10 Funniest quotes in soccer

Mario Balotelli 

Mario Balotelli Postman

“When I score, I don’t celebrate because I’m only doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?”

While Super Mario isn’t known for being humble he brings up an interesting point. A strikers job is to score goals, why would he celebrate when he does his job? It would be super weird if your postman dabbed after handing you the parcel or shhhh’d you.

Mark Viduka

Mark Viduka At Leeds

“I would not be bothered if we lost every game, as long as we won the league” 

This is a fairly silly quote however it’s also great at the same time. For most players, soccer is all about success and trophies won. Sure, some may be happy with individual achievements and winning the odd match. But for most, it all comes down to trophies. While you cannot win the league while losing all of your games, it proves just how hungry for success players can be.

Ian Holloway 


“He’s six foot something, fit as a flea, good looking – he’s got to have something wrong with him. Hopefully he’s hung like a hamster – That would make us all feel better. Having said that, me missus has got a pet hamster at home, and his cock’s massive.”  – Talking about Ronaldo


“To put it in gentleman’s terms if you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She weren’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee” – Speaking about winning an ugly match


“Right now, everything is going wrong for me – if I fell in a barrel of boobs, I’d come out sucking my thumb!”

Holloway is by far one of the funniest managers in the game. These quotes probably wouldn’t be as funny if it wasn’t for his accent and delivery.

 Ruud Gullit

Gullit Funny Quotes


We must have had 99% of the game. It was the other 3% that cost us the match. 


To play Holland, you have to play the Dutch.

I’m not quite sure what the Dutch Legend was meaning when he said these two things. Maybe with context they’d be slightly less silly? I doubt it.

Andy Gray


I don’t like to see players tossed off needlessly


Carlos Tevez is so rich that when he retires he’ll never have to play football again

Andy Gray has made a number of silly statements over the years, the first one is a somewhat childish innuendo that I like. Whereas the Carlos Tevez statement is hilarious for it’s own reasons.

Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan & Steven Gerrard


“Chile have three options – they could win or they could lose.”


“I came to Nantes two years ago and it’s much the same today, except that it’s completely different.”

Kevin Keegan isn’t known for being the smartest footballer in the world. A good footballer but definitely not the smartest. These are just two of many silly statements that Keegan has made in the past.

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