43 Soccer Quotes That Will Inspire Players

Reflect on the beautiful game with these inspirational soccer quotes.
Soccer Quotes

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been playing soccer for decades, it can always be helpful to be inspired by some of the greatest football players of all time.

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Soccer Quotes About Believing in Yourself

“You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be.”
— Christian Pulisic

“It’s hard to beat somebody that never gives up.”
— Megan Rapinoe

“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

“If you don’t believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of.”
— Cristiano Ronaldo

“People react to criticism in different ways, and my way is definitely to come out fighting.”
—  David Beckham

“There’s no better feeling than stepping out on the field and stunning them all by doing what none of them thought you could do.”
— Ashlyn Harris

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Soccer Quotes About Dreaming Big 

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

“My ambition is always to get better and better.”
— Lionel Messi

“If you’re going to be a footballer, be a great one. If you’re going to have a dream, dream big.”
Sir Alex Ferguson

“Dream big, because dreams to happen”
Alex Morgan

“Keep dreaming, even when people laugh at your dreams or tell you that they are impossible to achieve. Keep believing in yourself.”
— Tobin Heath

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Soccer Quotes About Love for the Game

“If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer, I would willingly play for nothing.”
—  Lionel Messi

“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

“The wonderful thing about soccer is, a football is a perfectly round object, and it doesn’t make mistakes. The player using it makes mistakes. And the more you use it, the less mistakes you make.”
— Craig Johnston

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

“Do what you love. If you love something, you aren’t going to care about the sacrifices you’re making to do whatever it is.”
—  Kelly O’Hara

“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

Soccer Quotes About Hard Work

“Talent isn’t everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best.”
—  Cristiano Ronaldo

“Talent without working hard is nothing.”
—  Cristiano Ronaldo

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.”
Anson Dorrance

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

“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


Soccer Quotes About Dedication

“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

“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”
—  Mia Hamm

“Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.”
—  Mia Hamm

“The mantra I live my life by is: “No excuses. Play like a champion. Shortcuts will get you nowhere.”
—  Kelley O’Hara

“You can overcome anything, if and if only you love something enough.”
—  Lionel Messi


Soccer Quotes About Teamwork

“Scoring goals is a great feeling, but the most important thing to me is that the team is successful – it doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as we’re winning.”
—  Cristiano Ronaldo

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
—  Mia Hamm

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

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Soccer Quotes About the Power of Mindset

“For sportsmen or women who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body.”
—  Gary Neville

“Talent may get you on the pitch, but it’s the effort and attitude that will keep you there.”
—  Alex Morgan

“If you can’t take criticism, you can’t reach your potential.”
—  Megan Rapinoe

“You can overcome anything, if and only if you love something enough.”
—  Lionel Messi

“Embrace the opportunity, no matter what it is. Look at everything in a positive light.”
—  Julie Ertz

“Surround yourself with good people, surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better. If you just kind of let yourself stay alone and be by yourself, the negative, it is just not going to help you. You can control two things, your work ethic and your attitude about anything.”
—  Ali Krieger


Soccer Quotes About Winning

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

“Excuses are like losses. Everyone has them except champions.”
—  Alex Morgan

“I’ve never played for a draw in my life.”
—  Sir Alex Ferguson


Soccer Quotes About Leadership

“I don’t need a captain’s band to lead a team to victory.”
—  Hope Solo

“To watch people push themselves further than they think they can, it’s a beautiful thing.”
—  Abby Wambach


Soccer Quotes About Strategy

“If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible. If you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible.”
—  Johann Cruyff

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

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