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Best Pele Quotes, a complete collection

Thinking about the best football players in the world, Pele is one of the names on our mind with no doubt and here we have are with a complete collection of best Pele quotes including his comments on life and football.

Pele was regarded as one of the finest—or, in the eyes of many—the greatest—football players in history. He was given the FIFA title of "the greatest" and was among the most popular and significant athletes of the 20th century.

Every renowned person in the world has the capacity to alter countless lives by their actions or words, which is why quotes are so significant. We want to look back at

Pele's greatest quotes

, whether they are about football, life, or other football players, because he is one of the most well-liked football players.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele, was born in October 1940 and began playing football with his father because of their financial hardship rather than for academic reasons.

He eventually became one of the top forwards and, in general, one of the best football players in the world, thanks to his incredible talent, and he continued to rise to renown.

Putting behind a poor childhood, Pele started playing for


at the age 15 and later joined the Brazil national team when he was 16 years old.

During his playing career, he set many records to his name and was the best-paid athlete in the world for a period of time.

In total, he won three FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970, and no one has yet broke this record. Pele is also

Brazil national football team

all-time leading goalscorer with 77 goals in addition to 95 unofficial friendly goals in 92 games.

You must also know that Pele is the most successful top division scorer with 541 goals in 560 games and in total, he has 1279 goals in 1363 games, counting the friendlies, which is a Guinness World Record, according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

Not only a famous footballer, but he is also a national hero because of his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor.

Since he lost his war against his sworn enemy, cancer, only his quotes remain to narrate his story and legacy, we will go over some of his best quotes.

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best Pele quotes

on success, football, soccer figures and etc.

A collection of best Pele Quotes

A complete collection of Pele quotes including his inspirational quotes, as well as his quotes on Messi and Ronaldo.

Best Pele inspirational quotes

To start let’s take a look at the bests of

Pele inspirational quotes


Pele was with no doubt one of the famous characters to influence many lives and inspire many people through tough moments.

May these

Pele Quotes on success

inspire you to live your dreams.

“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.”

“To be a striker you need to be in good shape.”

“Edson is the person that supports Pele. Edson is the base. Pele just comes and adds the face.”

“Success isn’t determined by how many times you win, but by how you play the week after you lose.”

“There is always someone out there getting better than you by training harder than you.”

“No individual can win a game by himself.”

“The head talks to the heart and the heart talks to the feet.”

“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.”

“In the last decade, the most complete, it is for me Zidane. Today we have Messi and Ronaldo but Zidane for me the most comprehensive.”

“Courage can bring huge benefits to those who are prepared.”

“When you control the ball you control the score.”

“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.”

“Wherever you go, there are three icons that everyone knows: Jesus, Pele and Coca-Cola.”

“A friend is part of your family.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taught and vibrating like a guitar string.”

“A penalty is a cowardly way to score.”

“If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.”

“Everything is practice.”

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

“When you play against dirty players or very tough players, it’s easy to escape because you know what they’re going to do. But when the player is tough but intelligent, it’s much more difficult.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If you don’t give education to people, it is easy to manipulate them.”

“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.”

“I think the kids always they look forward to be always the big stars. Not only football, any profession. They want to be the best, singer, they want to be the best political, only the stars. But I think sometime the life give you opportunity, and long to be a big star, but you don’t need to be a big star, you need to be beautiful, excellent man. Human being. This is the first.”

“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.”

“Football is the ultimate in team sport. And no individual can win a game by himself. Pelé is a famous name, but Pelé made his goals because another player passed to him at the proper time.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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 level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world.”

“If you ever want to be a decent player, you have to be able to use both feet without stopping to think about it.”

That was all on our best

Pele motivational quotes

. Ready to go through the best Pele quotes on football? Let’s dig in then.

Best Pele quotes about football

Football has been a very important part of Pele’s life and so he has a lot to say about it. Since he has had a hard childhood, he has tried his best to achieve what he has today, including his success in the football world. Time to take a look at

best Pele quotes

on football.

“Everything is practice”.

“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”.

“Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string”.

“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 penalty is a cowardly way to score”.

“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”.

“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”.

“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”.

“It was with a homosexual, I was barely 14 years old. But let's be fair, I wasn't the only one who did it. He was a man in Bauru that all our team visited”.

“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”.

“Great genetics are not necessarily a precursor for success in the game. Brazilian Legend Pelé has often said that soccer stars are not born. Without proper soccer training a player will never reach his full potential. It is true that great speed would benefit someone who plays as a winger but would not be as useful for a goalkeeper. The greatest advantage of soccer is that it is not as discriminating as basketball or volleyball. There are no limitations when it comes to physique and it all comes down to individual soccer skills”.

“How much soccer training is it needed to become a top player? It depends on the efficiency of your training routine. Setting long and short-term goals is a must. When planning out a soccer training regime, one must strive for realistic and consistent program that will diminish specific weaknesses. Broad versatility of soccer skills is the Nirvana of every dedicated trainee”.

“I always think that I would have become an actor if I hadn't been a soccer player”.

“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”.

“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”.

“His left foot is fantastic. It's like Mozart. God gave Freddy the gift to play soccer. If he is prepared mentally and physically, nobody will stop him”.

“No doubt, I am earning more money with my endorsements than I ever earned playing soccer”.

“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”.

Pele most famous Quotes On football figures

As the next part of our article on best Pele quotes, we want to take a look at

Pele most famous Quotes

on football stars. If you want to know more let’s keep on.

“People argue between Pele or Maradona. Di Stéfano is the best, much more complete.”

“I like Messi a lot, he's a great player. Technically, we're practically at the same level.”

“Lionel Messi is a wonderful player. Very skillful. Highly intelligent. He is not good in the air.”

“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.”

We wrap up our article on

best Pele quotes

with some best quotes on him.

Greatest Quotes about Pele

Time to go through the last part on our article of Pele greatest quotes by some of the greatest quotes about the Brazilian legend himself.

"Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic."

- Johan Cruyff

"Messi has all the conditions to be the best, but first he has to beat Maradona, Romario and then eventually Pele."

- Romario

"The best player ever? Pele. [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both great players with specific qualities, but Pele was better."

- Alfredo Di Stefano

"An artist in my eyes is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970 and the poetry of the young Rimbaud. There is in each of these human manifestations an expression of beauty which touches us and gives us a feeling of eternity."

- Eric Cantona

"He is the most complete player I ever saw."

- Franz Beckenbauer.

"I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player."

- Sir Bobby Charlton.

"There's Pele the man, and then Pele the player. And to play like Pele is to play like God."

-Michel Platini.

"Messi has all the conditions to be the best, but first he has to beat Maradona, Romario and then eventually Pele."


"Pele is the greatest player in football history, and there will only be one Pele in the world."

- Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Pele quotes

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