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Best Carles Puyol Quotes, a complete collection

A look back at the greatest Carles Puyol quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.

Carles Puyol is a retired Spanish player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest football figures of all time. During his playing time, Carles Puyol was a world class defender who spent the entire of his career at

FC Barcelona

and won every possible title in football including 6 La Liga and three Champions League titles.

Puyol's international career with Spain national team was also legendary as he was the captain of the Spain side which won the 2008 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. He missed Spain's winning Euro 2012 campaign because of a knee injury. Puyol retired from international football after scoring three goals in 100 games for

Spain national team


Carles Puyol never left his all-time club to play for any other teams. He retired from professional football in 2014 after making around 600 games for Barcelona. After his retirement, Puyol started a new career as an agent. But that did not go well after Eric Garcia's controversial move from Barcelona to Manchester City. In 2018 Puyol turned down Barcelona's offer to become the club's sporting director.

Carles Puyol also won many individual trophies. In 2010, He was selected in FIFA World Cup Dream Team. Among his other notable individual awards are: La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year, UEFA Team of the Year (6 times), and UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament (2008). He is truly among the most influential figures in the history of the beautiful game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Carles Puyol quotes


Best Collection of Carles Puyol quotes

We present football fans with the Best collection of Carles Puyol quotes which includes his quotes about his personality and career as well as his comments on Messi and Ronaldo.

Carles Puyol quotes about his own personality

Carles Puyol is famous for his Loyalty, determination and leadership skills. He was the captain of Barcelona and Spain national team for many years of his career. Carles comes from a family of footballers, but none of them made it big like him. He is a family man and has been married to his wife, Vanesa Lorenzo since 2012. The couple have two daughters together. Here are Carles Puyol quotes about his personality, childhood and private life.

My parents were skeptical about me becoming a footballer and encouraged me to study.

When I did the test to enter Barcelona, my father told me: 'If you come back and they haven't selected you because they had 20 better players than you, no problems. But if they don't select you because they had 20 guys harder and more determined than you, don't even come home',

For me to be able to play football was a gift.

My job will be to transmit - using my experience, my knowledge - with the intention of making the player more professional. I want to be a 'life-coach' who helps them to think, to make decisions, to manage their emotions with intelligence in difficult situations.

Development has to start from the base; the kids need to be playing, and the institutions have to come forward. There needs to be focus on grassroots.

My memories from childhood always involve a football.

For me, it's hard to separate being a fan from the feelings you have for some of your team-mates.

Sometimes I played as a goalkeeper with my brother and his friends - they were all older, and nobody wanted to go in goal, so it had to be me!

It's frustrating to see part of your body not responding - even more so given the way I am and the way I like to train and always give 100 per cent. You experience sadness, anger, and powerlessness... you really want to do something, but you can't. In the end, however, you have to be honest with yourself and those around you.

Many people have told me I could be a coach, but it doesn't appeal.

I can't see the top of the Eiffel Tower yet.

I have four special friends in football. Luis Enrique, Ivan de la Peña, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique.

I've not been to a nightclub in Barcelona for years either. When I go out, I stay in a restaurant with my friends.

Carles Puyol quotes about football and his own playing style

As a player, Carles Puyol was famous for his courageous style of defending. Nicknamed as "The Wall" by Barcelona fans, Puyol leadership and work ethic is a role model for young footballers. He was also known for his anticipation, strength, aggression, determination, discipline, intelligence and concentration as a defender, as well as his man-marking skills and ability to organize his defence.

Puyol is famous for his interesting and inspirational views on football and the ideal way it should be played. He has won many major awards during his career and it is certainly interesting to know more on the

top quotes by Carles Puyol

about football and his own philosophy of it.

I don't have Romario's technique, [Marc] Overmars' pace or [Patrick] Kluivert's strength. But I work harder than the others. I'm like the student who is not as clever, but revises for his exams and does OK in the end.

What matters most is that the team always comes ahead of the players.

The power which football has is enormous. Football moves the masses.

Those of us involved in football must be aware of the power we have to help. We also have a responsibility to return to society all that society has given to us.

I could never have dreamt of the kind of career I had, but I was always happy with the ball in my hands or at my feet.

World Soccer Stars presents a great opportunity to celebrate the arrival of football, and from what I know, football is the next emerging sport in Pakistan.

I was one of those players who loved to train and tried to enjoy every day, every session, every game.

I'm not a big fan of revolutions. People nearly always call for them when a team that's triumphed a great deal goes a year without winning anything. For me, however, the experience gained in previous victories is important.

Carles Puyol quotes on Messi and Ronaldo

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Puyol played alongside Messi and against Ronaldo many times during his career and has praised both of them in his interviews. However, He believes Messi is an-together better player than Ronaldo. Here are Carles Puyol quotes on

Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo


Leo Messi is a spectacular player, there is nobody else like him. I should not because I have suffered so much in training. I think he is the best forward at the moment and I think he will be so for many more years. He has his feet on the ground.

There's a special part of Messi's brain allowing him to see the split-second chaos of football in his own personal super slow motion.

When the best player leaves, it's logical that the team gets worse, They have to look for solutions, another way of playing, they relied heavily on Cristiano's goals.

Now they have to replace those goals with other players scoring, other styles of play. They [Barcelona] have to play their football, keep the ball and try to take advantage of the chances they have to score.

The two (Messi and Ronaldo) have always been there, and few players have had the opportunity to win an individual trophy. Having these two players in this era, he’s (Van Dijk is) doing an excellent job and I’m very happy for him.

It’s true that in recent years Messi for me is the best, and it’s difficult to compare to him because to me he’s the best player in history. We’ve also had Cristiano who’s a great player.

Like any fan, I did not want Messi to leave, but this is football. In the end, he decided to stay. He recently said that he is motivated, that he wants to win and we hope he can continue with us for many years. He is a huge asset for La Liga, he is one of the best in the world.

Ronaldo is one of the best players in the history of the game but Messi is better, The competitiveness and rivalry between them is very intense and I think that has helped to improve them both because neither man relaxes.

For me, Messi is the best. I have played with him and he has given me so much happiness. He is always improving and has been consistent for 10 years. I actually think that he gets better with every season and that is because of the passion he has.

I hope that he wins something with his country. That would mean that aside from winning with his club, he will have won everything with everyone. (FotMob)

I don't become sad when Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi didn't perform well. I think they also need a break they are not robots. These guys have performed and out done everybody in 15 years of consistency. No player does it like them.

Now they are aging, they need to be wise about it, you can see they also know it that their bodies are now more fragile to injuries so they no longer go hard at defenders because they want to avoid those long term injuries at that age it's difficult to recover in quick speed from injuries.

People should just be grateful they still see these two guys playing. At 35 years or 33 years some players are already at home with their family enjoying life, some are in China and in USA playing football there for vacation or signing contracts with small clubs but these two are still at the highest level and still gets harsh criticism if things goes bad, people still thinks these guys are still in their mid-20s where they outperformed everyone on earth, the way they get mad at them when they lose. Please give them a break, because soon you will miss them

Top quotes by Carles Puyol about famous football players, Leagues and teams

In this part of our article on we will have a look at the top quotes by Carles Puyol about other football great stars and teams including his comments on Samuel Eto'o, Pep Guardiola and Ronaldinho.

On Samuel Eto'o:

Samuel said he didn't want to continue but we wanted to convince him that he should not let them (the racists) get to him.

On AC Milan:


has more experience than us and that's important. It's also true that they have won more titles and have had more success than we have but we are improving and we cannot stop now. We have a 50% chance to go through to the final.

On The Champions League:

Winning one Champions League title is a dream come true, so just imagine winning three!

Champions League is a very tough competition.

I think the Champions League has a much bigger global impact and also [impacts] on the Ballon d'Or.

On Real Madrid recent UCL winning streak:

I am convinced that we have a better team than Madrid, but they have won four of the last five Champions Leagues, I think the solution comes from getting our priorities straight. We're losing an opportunity and I'm furious about that as a Barca fan.

On Virgil Van Dijk:

Van Dijk is one of the best in the world. He is the complete defender, always calm, a great player. The spotlight usually goes to the strikers, so it is nice to see a defender get deserved recognition. (The Independent)

On Eden Hazard:

To compare him with Messi or Ronaldo is difficult, but

Eden Hazard

is a fantastic player. He's a player who makes the difference and has plenty of time to grow.

On Pep Guardiola's Manchester City:

Pep has implanted his style, his way of playing, and it's nice to watch Manchester City play. They are winning a lot of games in a brilliant way.

On Luis Enrique:

He's spectacular. Like Pep, he has the same passion for his work, the same idea, although they are different characters.

On Ronaldinho:

He arrived at a terrible moment in Barcelona's history. We were all down and he helped return the smile to us, the fans, and the team. Thanks to him, the dynamic changed.

On Johan Cruyff:

Johan Cruyff had the idea of playing football very well, however much it demands. His philosophy has lit up all of this path. He's given us an indelible legend. He's responsible for all these successes.

Best Carles Puyol quotes about the his career

We wrap up our article on the

Best Carles Puyol quotes

with a collection of his most famous comments about his time as a player with Barcelona and Spain national team.

On his time with The Spain National team

Every player dreams of winning the World Cup, and there are very few who are fortunate enough to actually do it.

I've been lucky enough to play for the Spanish national team and Barcelona, two sides who've shown that you can play good, attractive possession football and win major titles.

I've been lucky enough to play in the final of a World Cup before, but it's always an amazing experience to walk out at a packed stadium.

On His career with Barcelona

FC Barcelona is the national team of Catalonia.

I don't want to be an invisible coach. I want to provide guidelines to solve problems, coming from the base I have, as I had to work a lot considering I did not play at Barca until I was 17.

Winning the treble is extremely hard as statistics shows, so I think the most sensible thing would be to relegate the Copa del Rey. Don't get me wrong, I loved playing in the final, but the path there should be for the reserves and the young players to show if they are good enough or not. (La Vanguardia)

People who think that don't know the players here because they are winners and they are going to continue performing at the highest level for Barcelona.

It was a bit of moral justice that soon after everything happened, we got the goals.

We want to win the title as soon as we can. We don't go into any game with a calculator, we always go out to win and try and take each three points as they come.

This defeat was just the latest in a series of wake-up calls that the team has received so far this season and we need to act now.

We know how they play. They have a very closed style. It's important to score a goal, and as soon as possible. If they score first, just like the last game, it will be difficult to win.

If we weren't that bad before, it follows that we're not that good now. We have to keep working in the same way.

My favourite memory had to be in 2006 when we won the Champions League Final in Paris against Arsenal.

we lost 1-0 in London so we had to win. We went out to attack and were 2-0 up, after that they made it 2-1. We did all we could to score another goal but Fernando scored the second on the counter-attack and eliminated us

Valencia is playing really well. It has a great team. We can't ignore Real Madrid either. It's a long way behind but it's also showing signs of a revival. We can't relax because we have to recognize that both teams have improved.

It was a good game against a well-organized team. We tried everything, but when Tito didn't stop us, we ended up being frustrated by the woodwork.

In recent weeks, several news stories about my possible incorporation at FC Barcelona as a sports director have been published. As such, I feel obligated to communicate to the whole Cule family that, after weighing it up a lot, I have decided not to accept the club's offer. (Bleacher Report)

It has not been an easy decision, since I have always said that I would like to return to what I consider my home.

But various personal projects in which I am immersed would prevent me, at this time, from giving the exclusive dedication that the position deserves. I would like to thank the club for the trust placed in me by offering me this position of so much responsibility. (Bleacher Report)

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Carles Puyol quotes

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