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
Fulfilling Soccer Player quotations
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
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.
He does things I have never seen from any other player and it really is marvellous to watch. It takes a great player to grab the bull by the horns and make things happen, but he has done it repeatedly. He has been even better than people here thought he would be and that's saying something.
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
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.
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.
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.
Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves.
Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
When I first met him [James Galanis], he just said, "Look, if you want to be a professional soccer player, if you want to make the national team, you have to do everything possible to work hard. You’ve got to put it number one."
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.
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 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
My heroes were always soccer players.
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.
Johan was more than just a great soccer player.
He was a role model who promoted world peace. He brought the values of education into the game of football and proved that on the field, everyone is equal - Jews, Muslims and Christians - that running fast and playing well will lead to victory in spite of discrimination and racism.
Sure we have skilled players, but the biggest thing might just be that we are so well conditioned and how we can play for 90 minutes at a high tempo which is needed in soccer at an international level.
Winning doesn't really matter as long as you win
In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
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.
I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock.
It's the attitude of the players, not their skills, that is the biggest factor in determining whether you win or lose.
College coaches measure success in championships.
High School coaches measure success to titles. Youth coaches measure success in smiles.
I'm as happy as I can be-but I have been happier.
You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
The most direct path to achievement whether you're an entrepreneur, a company executive, or a pro soccer player is to be a great performer and a great team member. This is also the secret to a meaningful career and self-fulfillment.
Getting a chance to practice six months against my own teammates, who I consider the best soccer players in the world, there's no way I couldn't improve.
The world is my lobster.
I don't know if we are the best team in the world.
I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It's a dream.
I don't understand referees. It appears like some players can't even be touched, but in my case, everyone can hit me as hard as they can.
Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.
We scored a goal and defended until the end with great spirit.
We have a lot of young players and I hope we can keep on like this.