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Soccer Quotations That Will Motivate Your Team

29 July 2019

Whether you enjoy playing football or manage a team that you want to inspire in some way, a motivational talk can make all the difference. Over the years, some of the leading names in football have come up with quips that have undoubtedly made the difference to both their teams and the fans who enjoy sports betting because of the inspiration to play better that has ensued. If you are looking for something inspiring to say then take a look at the following quotations from some of the soccer players and managers who have made that extra bit of difference with a few choice words. After all, football quotations are so often motivational and get straight to the heart of the matter.

Pele

"The first World Cup I remember was in1950 when I was 9 or 10 years old. My father was a soccer player, and there was a big party, and when Brazil lost to Uruguay, I saw my father crying."

Pele - probably the most famous footballer of all time - describes what soccer meant to his father and how it allowed him to understand not just of passions that surround the game but of the emotional side of sport which men, in particular, often seek to hide. Pele's quotation is inspirational from the point of view of football, love of family and of manhood.

Lionel Messi

"In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision."

The famous Argentinian forward refers subtly to his own mercurial talent in this oft-quoted sentence. Messi may have been one of the most precise ball players ever but here he makes it clear that hard work is just as important as natural ability.

Johan Cruyff

"Players that aren’t true leaders, but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes."

The finest exponent of total football, Cruyff makes the point that football is a team game and that encouragement often gets better results than admonishments.

Zinedine Zidane

"I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet."

The best French soccer player of his generation, Zinedine Zidane puts desire to perform well in perspective by reminding us that some people will never even get the chance to try at the same level.

Zinedine Zidane

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Cristiano Ronaldo

"Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable!"

The Portuguese superstar has many adoring fans but in this quotation, he refers to those who try to do him down. In Ronaldo's eyes, negativity can be turned into positivity with the right attitude.

Romelu Lukaku

"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 any more."

The Belgian attacker shows that self-belief and determination to succeed can get you through tough times so long as you keep your eyes on the prize.

Gareth Southgate

"The questions around us principally come down to character; the essential ability to withstand events that go against you."

The England manager's quotation tells us that the way to endure adversity comes from inner strength and not necessarily from footballing skill. The idea could be applied in many walks of life.

Garry South Gate

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Bill Shankly

"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."

The former Liverpool manager's statement is often thought of as a bit of a joke. However, Shankly was deadly serious and really thought that total focus on what you are doing - playing football or not - was what counted.

Ronaldinho

"I learned all about life with a ball at my feet."

The Brazilian footballer reminds us that you can experience all the highs and lows of life doing what you do professionally. Everyone needs to learn to be able to get better.

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