It's best being a striker. If you miss five then score the winner, you're a hero. The goalkeeper can play a blinder, then let one in… and he's a villain.— Ian Rush
Superior Football Player quotations
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
If I had to choose between dribbling past 5 players and scoring from 40 yards at Anfield or shagging miss world, it'd be a hard choice. Thankfully, i've done both
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.
Football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.
When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.
If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn't the same as the one I was wearing, I'd run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother.
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.
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
Football is one of the world's best means of communication.
It is impartial, apolitical and universal. Football unites people around the world every day. Young or old, players or fans, rich or poor, the game makes everyone equal, stirs the imagination, makes people happy and makes them sad
The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team.
As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.
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.
That's the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.
Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.
I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.
Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves.
Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
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.
If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler.
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.
It's better to have ten disorganized players than ten organized runners.
What makes the difference between a great player and just a normal player is dedication, work, commitment.
Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.
The more honor and self-respect among players, the greater the team.
I already believe I am the best linebacker in the game.
Now, I have to show one more thing ? that I am the most dominating, influential person in the game and the best football player to ever put on a pair of cleats.
When I came to Barcelona, I really liked in the dressing room that I found balanced, normal people: [Victor] Valdes, [Carles] Puyol, [Andrés] Iniesta. They don't think they are the center of the world for being football players.
There are scientists who will tell you that spirit, because it can’t be measured, doesn’t exist. Bollocks. It does exist.
At a football club, there's a holy trinity - the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the checks.
We can't replace Gary Speed - where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?
We didn't underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.
Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they will remember the name on the back
Right now, I am a football player and I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.
I saw greatness in John and he lived up to it.
I also saw a tremendous competitor who loved to win. John is a standard bearer, someone that players, coaches, fans and the Raider Nation can all look up to. One of his great virtues, the fire that burned brightest in him, was his love and passion for football, which was seldom ever equaled.
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.
I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.
My foot, for a football player, is very beautiful!
Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts.
How lucky I was to have played for the Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
A proud, hard-working people, who loves their football, and their players.
I think if you're a good high school player that you have the ability to be a good college football player. If you're a good college football then you have the ability to be a great NFL player.
Most of us are in this more than just for playing soccer.
We're in it for the bigger goal - to move it along for the next generation.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.