Football Quotes

Football Quotes | Photo: Péron/Creative Commons

Brazil eats, sleeps and drinks football. It lives football!
Pele

Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.
Gary Lineker

Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.
Johan Cruyff

Without football, my life is worth nothing.
Cristiano Ronaldo

I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I’d have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream.
Lionel Messi

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.
Bill Shankly

I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.
Lionel Messi

There’s two times of year for me: Football season, and waiting for football season.
Darius Rucker

Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.
Jose Mourinho

I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.
Pele

I am not a dreamer. I am a football romantic.
Jurgen Klopp

Football is about joy. It’s about dribbling. I favour every idea that makes the game beautiful. Every good idea has to last.
Ronaldinho

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every defeat is a victory in itself.
Francisco Maturana García

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

Every disadvantage has got its advantage.
Johan Cruijff

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Roy Keane

We lost because we didn’t win.
Ronaldo

Football is the ballet of the masses.
Dmitri Shostakovich

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

I’m a rock star because I couldn’t be a soccer star.
Rod Stewart

It is better to win ten times 1-0 than to win once 10-0.
Vahid Halilhodžic

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

Whoever invented soccer should be worshipped as God.
Hugo Sánchez Márquez

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

Football is war minus the shooting.
George Orwell

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.
Oscar Wilde

International football is the continuation of war by other means.
Eric Arthur Blair

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

Jesus Christ may be able to turn the other cheek but Luis Figo is no Jesus Christ.
Luiz Felipe Scolari

…a little with the head of Maradona, and a little with the hand of God.
Diego Maradona

We hate it when European reporters ask us if we eat monkeys and have a witch doctor. We are real football players and we proved this tonight.
Francois Omam-Biyik

If one day my gravestone simply says “Hamburg 74,” everybody will still know who is lying below.
Jurgen Sparwasser

Magic and dreams are finished in football.
Carlos Alberto Parreira

There are two types of football – there’s physical football and football talent.
Xavi

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

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