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Soccer Quotes From The Greatest Players In The World

Go out and get those goals and kick harder with these soccer quotes running all over your mind!

An exciting time that only comes once every four years, these World Cup Soccer quotes will have you feeling like a champion.

Whether you call it football or soccer, these soccer quotes by some of the greatest players in the game will motivate you to field harder and run faster.

Even better, based on all of the interviews and reports, we can even get into the mind of these extraordinary athletes.

All of the players have clearly demonstrated a major commitment to excellence, and that alone is super inspiring.

The 2018 World cup, which was held in Russia, was the 21st edition of the international football tournament. France once again showed its footballing prowess when it fought Croatia off in the final. This was France’s second world cup title and the first since it won on home soil in 1998.

Despite losing the final, Croatia captured the hearts of many around the world with their thrilling run to the final. The Croats survived three consecutive extra-time games and two penalty shootouts to reach their first ever World cup final, and they even had the better of the game. This was an amazing feat considering Croatia has a relatively small population of only 4.2 million people.

In that regard, here are some beautiful world cup soccer quotes to inspire you.

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Inspirational World Cup Soccer Quotes

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

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

Soccer Quotes to make you unstoppable

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

Soccer Quotes about victory

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

Soccer Quotes about obstacles

5. “Everything is practice.” – Pele

Soccer Quotes about practice

6. “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

7. “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! 🙂 )

8. “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

9. “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.” 

10. “It’s hard to beat someone who never quits.”

11. “Keep working even when no one is watching.” -Alex Morgan

12. “Maybe they hate me because I’m too good.” –Cristiano Ronaldo

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Soccer quotes from world cup heroes

13. “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

14. “The players are writing a beautiful page of French football history.” — Didier Deschamps

15. “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

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

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

18. “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

19. “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

20. “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

21. “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 

22. “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

23. “The smartest thing I did is I never gave up.” – Ivan Rakitic

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

25. “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

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

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

28. “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

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

30. “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

31. “There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true.” – Neymar Jr.

32. “If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me,” – Romelu Lukaku

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Inspirational Soccer Quotes from world cup players

33. “Take the risk, or lose the chance.” – Eden Hazard

34. “I never tried to hide the fact that my only goal is to be the best” – Cristiano Ronaldo

35. “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

36. “I only think about the pitch. I want to do great. I want to be one of the best. I want to win titles. I want to achieve things.” – Paul Pogba

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

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

39. “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

40. “But it’s cool. Those people weren’t with me when we were pouring water in our cereal.” – Romelu Lukaku

41. “I worry when I can’t help the team with everything I have to offer.” – Luis Suarez

42. “There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Leonel Messi

43. “Like Zidane, I want to inspire the kids.” – Eden Hazard

44. “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

45. “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

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

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

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

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Soccer quotes to inspire and motivate you

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

50. “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

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

52. “Soccer is not just about scoring goals. It’s about winning.” – Unknown Author

53. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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61. “There’s no in-between – you’re either good or bad. We were in-between.”― Gary Linekar

62. “If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough.” – Alex Morgan

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

64. “Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” – Mia Hamm

65. “I took a whack on my left ankle, but something told me it was my right.”― Lee Hendrie

66. “Those who say it can’t be done, shouldn’t interfere with those who are doing it.” – Billy Eberhart

67. “You’ve got to believe you’re going to win, and I believe we’ll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we’re knocked out.”― Peter Shilton

68. “Soccer is not about justice. It’s a drama, and criminally wrong decisions against you are part and parcel of that.” – Pete Davies

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

70. “Some people tell me that professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.” – Bobby Charlton

More soccer quotes and sayings

71. “Football is the ballet of the masses.” – Dmitri Shostakovich

72. “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

73. “Men spend their time in following a ball or a hare; it is the pleasure even of kings.” – Blaise Pascal

74. “Football is an art players paint with their feet.” – Maswood Alam Khan

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

76. “Football is the poetry of a motion.” – Pubudu Lasal Dissanayake

77. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

78. “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.” – Erma Bombeck

79. “If Earth had a soccer team, everyone on Earth would wear the same jersey to support it. There’d be no them, there’d only be us.” – Peta Kelly

80. “Soccer must be played with the heart, not with strength and talent as perceived.” – ABC

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

82. “All I know of morality I learned from football.”— Albert Camus

83. “Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.”— Dennis Bergkamp

84. “If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.”— Bob Paisley

85. “They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I wasn’t on that particular job.”— Brian Clough

Soccer quotes about the thrilling game

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

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

88. “It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.” — Cristiano Ronaldo

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

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

91. “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

92. 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

93. “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

94. “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.” Cristiano Ronaldo

95. “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

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96. “I think soccer kept me off the street.” — Memphis Depay

97. “What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.” — Lionel Messi

98. “Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.” — Johan Cruyff

99. “I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.” — Mitch Hedberg

100. “When I was younger, soccer was my life. I always wanted to play.” — Alphonso Davies

101. “I reckoned I could meet more girls being in a band than playing soccer.” — Roger Taylor

102. “I believe that a bad Super Bowl halftime show is still better than a soccer game.” — Ron White

103. “I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.” — Eduardo Galeano

104. “I go overseas, and all the soccer players come to me, like, ‘Yeah bro, we always play ‘Mo Bamba.” It’s crazy.” — Sheck Wes

105. “I really want to try soccer after I retire because I’ve watched football over the years and I think I could be a good contender.” — Usain Bolt

Soccer quotes to inspire you to keep training

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

107. “A penalty is a cowardly way to score.” Pelé

108. “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

109. “[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

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

111. “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

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

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

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

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

Soccer quotes on having the mindset to score the winning goal

116. “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

117. “Around the age of 14, I was very discouraged from a coach. It was my first youth club team while playing soccer. She told me at the time that I wasn’t good enough to play on the team, that I would never get into the game.” – Alex Morgan

118. “My heroes were always soccer players.” – Ronaldinho

119. “When I’ve done gymnastics, ballet or soccer – I was always trying to be the best. I’m really driven. Really driven.” Chloe Grace Moretz

120. “Basically my whole life revolves around soccer. Everything just gets put on the back burner because of my training. But at the end of the day, I’m sitting here as a world champion, and it feels pretty good.” – Carli Lloyd

121. “For me, practice and discipline are the magic words to become big in any sport, especially soccer.” – Gabriel Batistuta

122. “To be the ultimate team, you must use your body and your mind. Draw up on the resources of your teammates. Remember, only teams succeed.” – Jose Mourinho

123. “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 Keane

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

125. “Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. 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

Which World cup soccer quotes were your favorite?

Though the 2018 world cup is over, it will live in our hearts forever! To many soccer fans, this year’s edition was one of the greatest world cups ever.

Hopefully, these quotes from the greatest soccer players in the world have inspired you to reach your highest level.

Did you enjoy these world cup soccer quotes? Which quote was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
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  1. SOE KYAW

    May 3, 2020 at 1:12 AM

    “There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Leonel Messi

  2. rajabali barzegar

    October 13, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    hello mr. juma
    very good.
    in my opinion this quote is the best:
    Take the risk, or lose the chance.” – Eden Hazard

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