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Top 100 Famous Football Quotes Ever

Football is littered with great quotes from footballers, managers, and pundits. Here are 100 of the most famous football quotes:

10 Inspirational Quotes

  1. “I learned all about life with a ball at my feet” – Ronaldinho
  2. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pelé
  3. “You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” – Lionel Messi
  4. “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
  5. “When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.” – Diego Maradona
  6. “The first 90 minutes are the most important.” – Bobby Robson
  7. “I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder.” – Wayne Rooney
  8. “I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.” – Zinedine Zidane
  9. “There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true.” – Neymar
  10. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas


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10 Thought-Provoking Quotes

  1. “If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all” – Arsene Wenger
  2. “To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.” – Johan Cruyff
  3. “Behind every kick of a ball, there has to be a thought.” – Denis Bergkamp
  4. “The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.” – Sepp Herberger
  5. “A penalty is a cowardly way to score.” – Pelé
  6. “Some people think football 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
  7. “Football is played with your head. Your feet are just the tools.” – Andrea Pirlo
  8. “Every disadvantage has got its advantage.” – Johan Cruyff
  9. “Football is the ballet of the masses.” – Dmitri Shostakovich
  10. “Every defeat is a victory in itself.” – Francisco Maturana García


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10 Amusing Quotes

  1. “We don’t want our players to be monks. We want them to be better football players because a monk does not play football at this level.” – Bobby Robson
  2. “I couldn’t be more chuffed if I was a badger at the start of mating season.” – Ian Holloway
  3. “If you eat caviar every day it is difficult to return to sausages.” – Arsene Wenger
  4. “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” – Gary Lineker
  5. “Dilly ding dilly dong” – Claudio Ranieri
  6. “Sometimes maybe good. Sometimes maybe ****.” – Gennaro Gattuso
  7. “Do I not like that” – Graham Taylor
  8. “Why do you want Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?” – Jack Walker
  9. “I think you are an ostrich.” – Nigel Pearson
  10. “That lad must have been born offside” – Alex Ferguson

10 Unintentionally Funny Quotes

  1.     “When you are 4-0 up you should never lose 7-1.” – Lawrie McMenemy
  2.     “Sandro’s holding his face. You can tell from that it’s a knee injury.” – Dion Dublin
  3.     “Frank Lampard still has the same legs he had five years ago.” – Ray Wilkins
  4. “We must have had 99 percent of the game. It was the other three percent that cost us the match.” – Ruud Gullit
  5. “I’m 30 now, but back when I was 19…that’s seven years ago.” – Lee Bowyer
  6. “I don’t believe in superstitions. I just do certain things because I’m scared in case something will happen if I don’t do them.” – Michael Owen
  7. “Well, Clive, it’s all about the two M’s—movement and positioning.” – Ron Atkinson
  8. “I’ve had 14 bookings this season—eight of which were my fault, but seven of which were disputable.” – Paul Gascoigne
  9. “They’re the second-best team in the world, and there’s no higher praise than that.” – Kevin Keegan
  10. “One accusation you can’t throw at me is that I’ve always done my best.” – Alan Shearer

10 Brutally Honest Quotes

  1. “Aim for the sky and you’ll hit the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.” – Bill Shankly
  2. “I wouldn’t say I was the top manager in the business but I would say I was in the top one.” – Brian Clough
  3. “I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables.” – Arsene Wenger
  4. “I’ve never played for a draw in my life.” – Alex Ferguson
  5. “To be sitting on the bench behind somebody who only started to play when he was 30 is not funny.” – Jens Lehmann
  6. “The best team did not win this match.” – Jose Mourinho
  7. “I want to talk about facts.” – Rafa Benitez
  8. “You can’t win anything with kids.” – Alan Hansen
  9. “ I will love it if we beat them. Love it.” – Kevin Keegan
  10. “He will go right to the very top.” – Harry Redknapp

10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quotes

  1. “What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.”
  2. “When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari.”
  3. “I won’t be the King of Manchester, I will be the God of Manchester.”
  4. “A World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worth waiting for the World Cup.”
  5. “It’s true I don’t know much about the players here, but they definitely know who I am.”
  6. “What do you mean, ‘present?’ She got Zlatan.”
  7. “First I went left; he did too. Then I went right and he did too. Then I went left again and he went to buy a hot dog.”
  8. “I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am.”
  9. “Only God knows… You’re talking to him now”
  10. “No way. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

10 José Mourinho Quotes

  1. “I think I’m a special one.”
  2. “Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality, there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.”
  3. “I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But I am content because the blanket is cashmere. It is no ordinary blanket.”
  4. “Ricardo Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things, maybe he should have an IQ test, or go to a mental hospital or something.”
  5. “The linesman scored the goal. No-one knows if that shot went over the line, you must be 100%.”
  6. “Pressure? There is no pressure. Bird Flu is pressure. You laugh, but I am being serious. I am more worried about the swan than I am about football.”
  7. “Fear is not a word in my football dictionary.”
  8. “We are a little horse. A horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump.”
  9. “Every time I play Pep [Guardiola] I end up with 10 men. It must be some sort of UEFA rule.”
  10. “If I speak, I am in trouble.”

10 Chris Kamara Quotes

  1. “Barnsley have started off the way they mean to begin.”
  2. “Well done to the lady lineswoman.”
  3. “Statistics are there to be broken.”
  4. “For Burnley to win they are going to have to score.”
  5. “Nicky Shorey is the provider but Shane Long has made this all on his own”
  6. “Manchester City are defending like beavers”
  7. “Alex McLeish has just had his hands in his head”
  8. “Tense and nervous are not the words, though they are the words”
  9. “Giroud scored an unbelievable header with the last kick of the game.”
  10. “Sending off? I must have missed that, Jeff”

10 More Amusing Quotes

  1. “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think the sardines will be thrown into the sea.” – Eric Cantona
  2. “That shot is impossible. I saw Yaya Toure do it once” – Michael Owen
  3. “Squeaky bum time” – Alex Ferguson
  4. “That would’ve been a goal had it gone inside the post.” – Michael Owen
  5. “We talk about it for 20 minutes and then we decide I was right.” – Brian Clough
  6. “We go into the second half with United 1 – 0 up, so the game is perfectly balanced” – Peter Jones
  7. “You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow.” – Jose Mourinho
  8. “Oh, he had an eternity to play that ball, but he took too long about it”. – Martin Tyler
  9. “Will I become a coach in the future? No way, I’d never be able to put up with someone like me.” – Romario
  10. “He dribbles a lot, and the opposition don’t like it—you can see it all over their faces”. – Ron Atkinson

10 More Inspirational Quotes

  1. “It is not just about the money, it is about what you achieve on the pitch.” – Ronaldinho
  2. “I always want more. Whether it’s a goal or winning a game, I’m never satisfied.”  – Lionel Messi
  3. “I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths.” – Sydney Leroux
  4. “If I had to make a tackle, I have already made a mistake.” – Paolo Maldini
  5. “Football’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about winning.” – Alan Shearer
  6. “Playing football with your feet is one thing, but playing football with your heart is another.” – Francesco Totti
  7. “I love football. Football is my life.” – Wayne Rooney
  8. “Always train hard, work harder, never give up” – Marcus Rashford
  9. “Before you can coach others you must learn to coach yourself.” – Johan Cruyff
  10. “Losers complain, winners train.” – Jose Mourinho

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