Famous football quotes of all time

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The power of football over people's lives is inevitable. It is a kind of sport that inspires youngsters. Many young people have changed their lifestyle by following the legends and current stars, who have millions of fans.

Many of these legends and great players in the football world convey positive messages to young people through their behavior and words. Great coaches and world-class professional football players are always role models for young people and teenagers. They inspire their fans, so they try to be effective with their words.

From the late legend Diego Maradona to Sir Alex Ferguson, there are the legends on the list of

famous football quotes of all time


Inspirational soccer quotes of all time

Let's take a look at the list of the football motivational quotes in history which starts with Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale

The first footballer in the list of

famous football quotes of all time

is Gareth Bale, who is one of the best footballers in football history. A technical player began his career at the age of 16 at


, and after one year, a creative winger joined

Tottenham Hotspur

. He joined

Real Madrid

in 2013 after spending six seasons at Tottenham, winning two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey title, one Supercopa de Espana title, UEFA Champions League on four occasions, two UEFA Super Cups, as well as three FIFA Club World Cups.

The Welsh footballer, whose ideas are among famous soccer quotes of all time, recently rejoined Tottenham Hotspur. Considering that Gareth Bale is the most successful footballers in recent years, it is obvious why his words are among the

most inspirational football quotes ever


On his dream:

“As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him on the playground. But I don’t think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football.”

On sports science:

"Now that sports science is more advanced, we know that there are so many off-pitch factors that can affect how good you can become. If people are telling you to sleep a certain number of hours, eat specific foods, and drink a certain volume of fluids, then you have to be prepared to listen and learn."

On his job:

"Whenever I get days off, I go home, or friends and family come up. I'm in contact with them every day, so it's like we live next door, but obviously we live in two different countries. Football is my job, and everyone around me has given me the opportunity to purely concentrate on football, and everyone else worries about everything else."

Diego Maradona

Undoubtedly, Diego Maradona is one of the best footballers of all time. Even if you are not a football fan, you assuredly know the late


legend. Maradona began his football in his country, and after the 1982 World Cup, the legend moved to


, winning one Copa del Rey title, one Copa de la Liga title, as well as one Supercopa de Espana.

After two seasons, the legend, whose ideas are among

football motivational quotes in history

, left the Catalans and joined


; at this Italian club, he reached the peak of his career. 

He won Serie A title on two occasions, one Coppa Italia title, one UEFA Cup, as well as one Supercoppa Italiana title during his spell in Napoli. Late Maradona also won the 1986 FIFA World Cup with the Argentine national team. So his ideas can surely be considered among the

famous football quotes of all time


On managers who were not aware of football:

"Many people agree with me that many things are not clear in football these days and it is not something people who watch football deserve. The situation will be the same while football is run by people who do not understand football."

On the famous goal he scored with his hand:

"If I could apologise and go back and change history I would do. But the goal is still a goal, Argentina became world champions and I was the best player in the world."

On celebrating the teams' victory:

"While the coach is entitled to celebrate the team's victories, there is a manner and a way of doing so without aggravating the opponent."

On situation of today's football:

"Things are neither clear nor clean in the world of football right now and many people recognize this reality."

Zinedine Zidane

Our next footballer in the article on the famous football quotes of all time is the great Zinedine Zidane. Widely known as Zizou, the former professional footballer and manager of Real Madrid is one of the greatest footballers of all time.

The legend began his football at AS Cannes and then joined

Girondins de Bordeaux

. In 1996 the French footballer, whose ideas are among short inspirational football quotes, joined the Italian club,


, winning two Serie A titles, one Supercoppa Italiana title, 1996 UEFA Super Cup, 1996 Intercontinental Cup, as well as 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup during his spell in Juventus.

Zizou, whose words are among

soccer motivational quotes ever

, joined Real Madrid after leaving Juventus and won one La Liga title, Supercopa de Espana, on two occasions, one UEFA Champions League title, 2002 UEFA Super Cup, as well as 2002 Intercontinental Cup during five years with the Whites.

The legend also won the 1998 FIFA World Cup with


national team. Zidane is a role model for youngsters, so his ideas can surely be considered among the

inspirational soccer quotes of all time


On perseverance:

"I reached this level by sheer dint of hard work, toiling away at scores of tricks and experiments. I used to play with the ball from dawn till dusk and just kept practicing. If I wasn't playing matches, it was trying out one on one or two against two with a tennis ball. Then I used to try aiming at certain targets. That's the only way to learn. And if I missed the target, I kept trying until I scored".

"It's hard to explain but I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard. And this desire never to stop fighting is something else I learnt in the place where I grew up."

On his difficult childhood:

"I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life. There were lots of kids from different races and poor families. People had to struggle to get through the day."

On having a goal:

"If you are determined and confident, there is nothing in this great existence that can stop you from achieving what you want."

Sir Alex Ferguson

The next in our article on the famous football quotes of all time is Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest coaches in football history. The former Scottish manager won more trophies than any other coach in the history of football.

In 1986 he was named the manager of

Manchester United

; he won the Premier League title on 13 occasions, five FA Cups, four Football League Cups, UEFA Champions League title two times, 1991 European Super Cup, 1999 Intercontinental Cup, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. So his ideas can surely be considered among the soccer motivational quotes ever.

Sir Alex Ferguson, whose words are among the

best football motivational quotes

, was named as the world's best club coach by IFFHS in 1999 and 2008.

On taking care of footballers' diet:

“If you can assemble a team of 11 talented players who concentrate intently during training sessions, take care of their diet and bodies, get enough sleep and show up on time, then you are almost halfway to winning a trophy. It is always astonishing how many clubs are incapable of doing this.”

On Giving youngster a sense of responsibility:

“With young people you have to try to impart a sense of responsibility. If they can add greater awareness to their energy and their talents, they can be rewarded with great careers.”

“Young people will always manage to achieve the impossible–whether that is on the football field or inside a company or other big organization. If I were running a company, I would always want to listen to the thoughts of its most talented youngsters, because they are the people most in touch with the realities of today and the prospects for tomorrow.”

On referees' decision:

“The human element tells you a referee can be wrong. But the good ones will make the correct decisions more often than not. The ones who make the wrong ones are not necessarily bad referees. They just lack that talent for making the right calls in a tight time frame.”

On the manners in defeat:

“The experience of defeat, or more particularly the manner in which a leader reacts to it, is an essential part of what makes a winner.”

On Criticism does not always work:

“You can’t always come in shouting and screaming. That doesn’t work. No one likes to get criticized. But in the football dressing room, it’s necessary that you point out your players’ mistakes. I do it right after the game. I don’t wait until Monday, I do it, and it’s finished. I’m on to the next match. There is no point in criticizing a player forever.” 

On waiting for a chance in life:

“Very often our victories were squeaked out in the last few minutes after we had drained the life from our opponents. Games – like life – are all about waiting for chances and then pouncing on them.”

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Carlo Ancelotti

According to SportMob's list of the famous football quotes of all time, Carlo Ancelotti is next on the list. Ancelotti, widely known as Carletto, is one of the most successful managers in football history. He has been the manager of Reggiani,


, Juventus,





Paris Saint-Germain

, Real Madrid,

Bayern Munich

, Napoli as well as



Carletto, whose words are among the

short inspirational football quotes

, became Milan coach in 2001 and won one Serie A title, one Coppa Italia title, 2004 Supercoppa Italiana, as well as UEFA Champions League title on two occasions.

He was appointed as a Real Madrid manager in 2013, winning one Copa del Rey title, one UEFA Champions League title, the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, as well as 2014 FIFA Club World Cup during his spell in Real Madrid.   

Ancelotti's ideas about football and success are among the best football motivational quotes.

On football:

"Football is the most important of the less important things in the world."

On working with professional footballers:

"I have worked with some of the most important players, like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Kaka, Zidane, but the best are easy to work with because they are so professional. Their winning mentality, professionalism, helps the manager. Of course, sometimes I become angry, but usually my relationship with the players is calm."

On the relationship with the players and managers:

"The owner or president is the person who controls the club. The coach's job is to keep him happy. But the key to success, as a manager, is your relationship with the players."

"Important clubs and important players succeed when the environment is correct. The players must enjoy their work and feel free to express their talents."

On relaxing players:

"I like to be funny. I can't stay all the time focused, disciplined, controlled. Behaviour like that is impossible. If the players are too nervous before a game, I have to relax them, calm them."

On his career:

"I love my job. I don't find it stressful, and I only took a rest because I didn't find another club after Real. It was not something that I needed because of stress, because that is not a problem for me. I don't have pressure. I like my job, and I know how it is. I have experience."

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Vicente del Bosque

On SportMob's list of the famous football quotes of all time, Vicente del Bosque, a manager, and former footballer, is the last one. The Spanish manager is the only manager in football history who won the World Cup, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, as well as the European Championship.

In 2008, he was appointed as a manager of Real Madrid, winning two La Liga titles, 2001 Supercopa de Espana, 1994 Copa Iberoamericana, UEFA Champions League on two occasions, one UEFA Super Cup, as well as 2002 Intercontinental Cup.

The legend, whose ideas are among

famous soccer quotes of all time

, won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain national team. He also won five La Liga titles as a player in Real Madrid. So it is not surprising that del Bosque's ideas are among the most inspirational football quotes ever.

On the difficulty of football:

"I just wanted to defend football, which is not always easy to do. Those of us who have been in the sport so many years now realise we must protect it and look after it. I was speaking about football, what it means. It is our profession, it has been our lives, and we must take care of it a little."

On Spain football:

"The certainty that our football, the football of Spain, is recognised, that's very important to us - perhaps more important than the successes and the joy that you can create. Football hasn't always been appreciated, and luckily our football is appreciated now, at all levels of society."

On the role of football in society:

"Football has an important role to play in society. Players should have a sense of social responsibility, have a moral dimension to them which shows up in good conduct."

On comparing between football and economic:

"No one knows anything about economics. It's the great lie of the economists. By contrast in football people might have contrasting opinions, each of which has some validity. But the economists always speak in conditionals - what a mess."

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