The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.— Pele
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Football is the only sport where you put people together, it doesn't matter if you are rich, or poor, or black, or white. It is one nation. This is the beauty of football.
There is always someone out there getting better than you by training harder than you.
A lot of people, when a guy scores a lot of goals, think, 'He's a great player', because a goal is very important, but a great player is a player who can do everything on the field. He can do assists, encourage his colleagues, give them confidence to go forward. It is someone who, when a team does not do well, becomes one of the leaders.
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
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.
Great teams are not made up of many well-rounded players.
Great teams are made up of a variety of players, each having their own strengths.
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Everything is practice.
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
Football is like a religion to me. I worship the ball, and I treat it like a god. Too many players think of a football as something to kick. They should be taught to caress it and to treat it like a precious gem.
Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.
No individual can win a game by himself.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.
Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele.
I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.
Considerable research on successful soccer players and their developmental history, affirms that a good percentage of them have spent time in isolation, working on soccer skills.
If you ever want to be a decent player, you have to be able to use both feet without stopping to think about it.
You must respect people and work hard to be in shape.
And I used to train very hard. When the others players went to the beach after training, I was there kicking the ball.
Ronaldo has come through for the past two or three years and is the best in Europe. I think at the moment no doubt Ronaldo is the best player.
Wherever you go, there are three icons that everyone knows: Jesus Christ, Pele and Coca-Cola.
A penalty is a cowardly way to score.
Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential people in my life.
He was my hero, my friend, and also a companion to me in our fight for the people and for world peace. Let us all continue his legacy with purpose and passion.
Over the years I've learnt to live with two persons in my heart.
One is Edson, who has fun with his friends and family; the other is the football player Pele. I didn't want the name. 'Pele' sounds like baby-talk in Portuguese.
I don't believe there is such a thing as a 'born' soccer player.
Perhaps you are born with certain skills and talents, but quite frankly it seems impossible to me that one is actually born to be an ace soccer player
I don't think I'm a very good businessman. I act too much with my heart.
Love is more important than what we can take...Please say with me three times-Love! Love! Love!
I've come to accept that the life of a frontrunner is a hard one, that he will suffer more injuries than most men and that many of these injuries will not be accidental.
If I pass away one day, I am happy because I tried to do my best.
My sport allowed me to do so much because it's the biggest sport in the world.
I always had a philosophy which I got from my father.
He used to say, 'Listen. God gave to you the gift to play football. This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health, if you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you, but you must be prepared.'
The first World Cup I remember was in the 1950 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.
Most important is be a good man.
Of course, my father was a soccer player.
He used to play very good. Then, when I was young, eight or nine years old, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
Sport is something that is very inspirational for young people.
When football stars disappear, so do the teams, and that is a very curious phenomenon. It is like in the theatre, in a play, where there is a great star. If the star is not well, the whole cast suffers.
When I was playing, they said soccer was a man's world and women should remain on the sidelines, all I can say is I'm glad I never had to go up against Mia Hamm
Everybody knows my life. I won a lot of tournaments and scored more than 1,000 goals, won three World Cups but I could not play in Olympic Games.
No doubt, I am earning more money with my endorsements than I ever earned playing soccer.
I represent Brazil all over the world.
Wherever I go I have to do my best, to not disappoint the Brazilian people. And that I've done.
Everyone talks about the forwards, the players when they are scoring goals.
But sometimes I look for the complete player not just the players who score but those who can pass.
For 20 years they have asked me the same question, who is the greatest? Pele or Maradona? I replay that all you have to do is look at the facts - how many goals did he score with his right foot or with his head?
Another reason why I am always close to the people, because the communication is very important. When I stopped to play soccer I continued to... I continued to work with UNICEF. I did a lot of work with UNESCO. We did a lot of charity programme and games.
The World Cup is a very important way to measure the good players, and the great ones. It is a test of a great player.
I always think that I would have become an actor if I hadn't been a soccer player.
To be a striker you need to be in good shape.
The bicycle kick is not easy to do.
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.
I think I've always had the shots. But in the past, I've suffered too many mental lapses. Now, I'm starting to get away from that and my mental discipline and commitment to the game are much better. I think I'm really taking a good look at the big picture. That's the difference between being around for the final or watching the final from my sofa at home.
Always when I come to the field, I try to do my best for other people.
Brazil's always had great players, both at home and abroad, but we need to put all that talent together and mould a team out of it.
George Best was the greatest player in the world.
In 1962, my injury wasn't because of violence;
I just kicked the ball and it happened. And that was OK because Brazil won; I didn't have any difficulty in accepting that. I still got a medal because I'd played two games.
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.
Success isn't determined by how many times you win, but by how you play the week after you lose.
Brazil, always they buy from the United States.
The first who was sell to the United States was football.