There are players that try to imitate others, but at free-kick time it is a personal thing. Every person has their own technique and routine when they stand over the ball and I have mine, I am not trying to copy anyone.— Neymar
Eye-opening Ball Players quotations
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
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.
Leadership is getting players to believe in you.
If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got. Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
If you're in the penalty area and don't know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we'll discuss the options later.
No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball.
The desire to play ball or to read must be planted. The last 25 years of research show that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest and must successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader.
You touch every other ball and, if you screw up, you only have one more person to back you up. You can't go hide in the corner.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
A lot of the moves I make originate from futsal.
It's played in a very small space, and the ball control is different in futsal. And to this day my ball control is pretty similar to a futsal player's control.
Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum.
I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.
One of the hardest things for a ball player to do is to accept his role
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.
I've always considered myself a crunch-time player.
I just love having the ball in my hands. Everyone in the arena knows the ball is supposed to be in your hands and you still make it. It's the odds. I love the odds.
I appreciate this moment in time...ball players and actors be knowing my rhymes
When Cristiano Ronaldo gets the ball, you can just leave him to it while he beats player after player.
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.
My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.
Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
Baseball is the only sport I know that when you're on offense, the other team controls the ball.
Paul Scholes has been the best England midfield player for 30-odd years.
You'd probably have to go back to Bobby Charlton to find someone who could do as much as Scholes. When the ball arrives at his feet he could tell you where every player on that pitch is at that moment. His awareness is superb.
Ronaldo was my hero. I loved watching players like Zidane, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, but Ronaldo was the best striker I've ever seen. He was so fast he could score from nothing and could shoot the ball better than anyone I've ever seen.
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.
When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average ... So, the most important thing is: what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That is what determines wether you're a good player or not.
When players go out and train on their own, they usually do it at half speed.
This kind of training is valuable, but it doesn't prepare you for competition, where you must perform at full throttle. So the trick is to schedule regular sessions of intense practice, while always leaving time to juggle and generally goof around with the ball
Yelling doesn't win ball games. It doesn't put any points on the scoreboard. And I don't think words win ball games all the time. Players do. Preparation does.
A barber is by nature and inclination a sport.
He can tell you at what exact hour the ball game is to begin, can foretell its issue without losing a stroke of the razor, and can explain the points of inferiority of all the players, as compared with the better men that he has personally seen elsewhere, with the nicety of a professional.
To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.
It's important for the young players to practice other ball games as well, basketball or table tennis. On the tennis court, you can improve your eye through a kind of overexertion.
When you see young players coming into the squad and pushing you, no matter what age you are, you have to react. You have to worry about yourself and perform as well as you can. If you end up looking around at others, wondering whos performing better, you take your eye off the ball.
When you heard Jimi Hendrix, you knew it was Jimi Hendrix.
He introduced himself with his instrument. His attack to a guitar man, was, oh, something else! You think of one of the great American ball players, or one of the great fighters of the world, you know, that's the way he would attack any note on his guitar.
Part of the charm of basketball lies in the fact that it's a simple game to understand. Players race up and down a fairly small area indoors and stuff the ball into a ring with Madonna's dress hanging on it.
Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball.
A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn't move like one who weighs 60. In the playground I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost.
Control is the main thing, and the tee shot is the most important shot in golf.
You've got to hit the fairway before you have a good chance of putting the ball close to the pin. You can be the greatest iron player in the world, but if you're in the boondocks it won't do you any good.
If you're a good experienced player, you wknow what it takes to do.
If you're in trouble, you know how to change. One hundred percent of my game is instinct. I never stop and think I'm going to hit a ball crosscourt or down the line. I just do it.
Scholesy is one of my favourite players of all time.
He was a great professional who had everything and I used to love playing with him. You could give him the ball in any position, he would take one touch and you would know exactly what the next move would be. [ . . . ] He was magical, pure class.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer.
That's why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues.
Having Messi in the team guarantees everything.
He doesn't just score, he gives assists, and he works and wins the ball. He is the best player in the world.
I can't stay in the box and wait for the ball. I can't - I would die.