40 Best Football Quotes and Sayings of All Time

Football, known as soccer in some parts of the world, is more than just a game—it’s a global phenomenon that brings together millions of fans.

The sport has inspired countless memorable quotes and sayings from players, coaches and commentators, capturing the passion, drama and spirit of the game.

These quotes offer insights into the minds of football legends, reflect the emotions of iconic moments and encapsulate the essence of the sport.

Best Football Quotes and Sayings of All Time

Whether motivational, humorous, or reflective, football quotes and sayings resonate with fans and athletes alike, reminding us why this beautiful game holds a special place in our hearts.

Best Football Quotes of All Time

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

“Football is a part of I. When I play, the world wakes up around me.” ~ Bob Marley.

“Football, bloody hell!” ~ Alex Ferguson.

“We don’t want to tell our dreams. We want to show them.” ~ Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Motivation is not something I struggle with. I love playing football, I love being in training.” ~ Lionel Messi.


“Football is Freedom, a whole universe.” ~ Bob Marley.

“That’s the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.” ~ Pep Guardiola.

Top Football Quotes

“Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” ~ Johan Cruijff.

“Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.” ~ Johan Cruijff.

“Without football, my life is worth nothing.” ~ Cristiano Ronaldo.

“A team is not made up of isolated individuals. Always stay in the game. Don’t be passive. Football is a team game. No one plays alone. Success depends on your whole team being a single unit.” ~ Pelé.

“I don’t want to be remembered as a good goalkeeper. I want to be remembered as a great person.” ~ Iker Casillas.


“I love football, football is my life.” ~ Wayne Rooney.

“Gentleman, this is a football.” ~ Vince Lombardi.

Famous Football Quotes

“I know who likes football likes me.” ~ Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.” ~ Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.” ~ Swami Vivekananda.

“I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world.” ~ Lionel Messi.

“I played futsal growing up in Baurd. In futsal you need to think quick and play quick so its easier for you when you move to normal football.” ~ Pelé.

“There’s no doubt. Its certain that I’ll be 100 percent.” ~ Lionel Messi.

“When it’s too hard for them, it’s just right for us.” ~ Marv Levy.

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

“I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.” ~ Nick Hornby.

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” ~ E. M. Forster.

“I take pride in the fact that people go home having felt that for 90 minutes today, life is beautiful – and that’s it, basically. That’s why professional football exists.” ~ Arsene Wenger.

“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.” ~ Pelé.

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.” ~ Bill Shankly.

“Football isn’t a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport…” ~ Vince Lombardi.

“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” ~ Lou Holtz.

Inspiring Football Quotes

“There is an old saying about the strength of the wolf is the pack, and I think there is a lot of truth to that. On a football team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.” ~ Bill Belichick.

“All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.” ~ Albert Camus.

“International football is the continuation of war by other means.” ~ George Orwell.

“No one has ever drowned in sweat.” ~ Lou Holtz.

“They say I couldn’t play football, I was too small. They say I couldn’t play basketball, I wasn’t tall. They say I couldn’t play baseball at all and now everyday of my life, I ball.” ~ Lil Wayne.

“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” ~ Bill Shankly.

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” ~ Vince Lombardi.

Short Football Quotes

“I’d rather lose and live in Provo than win and live in Laramie.” ~ LaVell Edwards.

“I write what I like to write. Those who like to listen to it, listen to it. And the ones who don’t, watch football and drink beer, jog, go to discos and so forth. I never claimed to be a man for all seasons.” ~ Frank Zappa.

“Zidane is unique. The ball flows with him. He is more like a dancer than a football player.” ~ Zinedine Zidane.

“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.” ~ Lou Holtz.

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