A look back at the greatest Memphis Depay quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.
is a professional footballer who is currently playing as a winger for FC Barcelona Football club and Netherlands National team. Widely considered as one of the best Dutch talents in recent years, Memphis Depay started his career at PSV Eindhoven, before moving on to play for some top clubs like Manchester United, FC Lyon and now FC Barcelona.
During his successful career so far, Depay has won many major collective titles and top individual awards, the most important of them are one Eredivisie and KNVB Cup. He was Eredivisie top scorer in the 2014-15 season and the league's top assist provider in the 20-21 season.
Depay has been a player for Netherlands at the youth and senior level. He has helped Netherlands reach the third place of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of
Memphis Depay quotes
We present football fans with the Best collection of Memphis Depay quotes which includes his comments about his personality and career as well as his comments on other football stars.
Memphis Depay was born in 1994 to a Ghanaian father, Dennis Depay, and a Dutch mother, Cora Schensema, in a small village in the Netherlands. According to himself, He had a very troubled childhood and was a victim of physical abuses by his father. As a result Depay first was attracted to the street crime life-style, but later found a way out of that through football.
Depay has a busy life style outside football. He is a professional musician and has released few albums and tracks. He is also active in the fashion industry. He was once engaged to Steve Harvey's daughter, but it eventually did not work out. With such a background It is certainly interesting to know more about Memphis Depay quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.
I don’t know if I had a hero growing up but I had a favourite movie; Lion King, You know, Simba was obviously my favourite character in the movie and it’s a beautiful story where he comes back, you know, and reclaims the throne again. I think that had a lot of impact on me because it takes character. It’s why I also love lions.
(From Depay's interview with Gaffer)
What exactly happened at home I won't be telling you, In that time, I just had to survive, I just had to fight my way through it, I could speak of things like physical abuse, but I don't feel like it.
Depay's interview with De Volkskrant)
It's very tricky for me, because you'd prefer to play with your last name on your jersey, like everybody, But the rift with my father is irreparable. I don't speak to him. I have no contact with family on my father's side. And I never will again.
I think football kept me off the street, I did things you're not allowed to do; more than pranks. I don't want to talk about that. But at a certain point you start thinking. If you get arrested, they might not let you play soccer anymore. I've seen plenty of young guys fall away. They couldn't leave the streets alone.
On his music career and other hobbies
I’ve been in love with music from the jump, since I was a young kid, When I was 14 I started going to the studio properly, on a serious level. Everything just comes from within me. When I make music it’s just a release of like pure emotion; it could be pain, it could be happiness, it could be something completely different.
(From Depay's interview with Gaffer)
Everybody likes new shoes! It is a new feeling, going onto the pitch, so it is great to be able to wear them straight out of the box. They are comfortable straight away and move with you. I could not do that with my old shoes. So every time I have a big match, I want new shoes straight out of the box.
It is important to step away sometimes from social media and from the world where everyone is perfect and, you know, everyone is living their best life. It is important for yourself to have that discipline. To be able to pull yourself away from it. That’s what I do so I can focus on my games or just focus on improving myself as a human being; as a character.
(From Depay's interview with Gaffer)
I enjoy my tattoos, as you can see.
Some people collect stamps; I like fashion, discovering nice new things. I feel good about doing that.
I'm not a football player 24 hours a day.
Apparently, the things I do outside of the football are not taken as positives. I don't care, but sometimes it amazes me.
I'm focused on football and my career. No one really has to doubt that. Outside, I do other things that make me happy.
On his Personality traits
I’m honest – of course I want to be a legend.
Everyone should learn from each other. That is my way of thinking and living. Because you are never too old or too young to learn something from somebody.
I’ve always been criticised, but the important, that’s what my team thinks. Others, I don’t care about their opinion; they speak in the void. Social networks give them a voice, but I don’t listen it.
I'm a flamboyant guy, and I like nice stuff, but that doesn't mean I couldn't be more smart.
I stay close to my identity - that's something I find important - but I don't completely shut myself off from the outside world.
How can I be a great football player when you're not happy with yourself?
You go through experiences in life on and off the pitch.
I am unbreakable.
I'm very comfortable in my own skin.
I have a life next to football.
That's my motto: dream, believe, achieve.
I play for God and only God.
To stay positive, you have to be very strong mentally.
I want to become a star. Failure is not an option.
I have a lot of expectations on myself. That's important.
What's my secret? I don't have a secret - you just have to work every day on your dreams.
I get up every morning and thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football.
I learn from my failures, but I will always try technical things; I will always try to take pleasure and do great things.
I try to make the right decisions.
I feel confident. I feel there is a lot of confidence in me.
I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football.
If you believe in something that you can achieve, I think you will make it if you put everything into it.
I live day by day.
I don't always feel like a valued player.
I don't feel sorry for myself.
No matter what, you have to always keep your chest out. Sometimes it's hard; it's really hard.
I am the person I am. Everybody has to respect that.
I have been through little situations. That makes me strong.
You have to work on your dreams every day, and that's what I am doing.
I cannot be anyone else but Memphis. I tried that, and I was not happy with myself.
On his objectives in life
I'm not even halfway through what I want to achieve. It's quite a list. Playing for Real Madrid. Winning the Champions League. Getting the Golden Ball for world's best player. Having €100 million in my bank account when my career ends. Starring in music, film and fashion. Starting a family. Doing good work in Ghana and other countries. I will conquer mountains whose height I don't even know yet. (
From Depay's interview with ESPN)
I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, or Bayern Munich.
I want to aim as high as possible. I want to become the best player in the world.
I believe I can be one of the best players in the world. That's why I have my 'Dreamchaser' tattoo on my chest.
I want to improve myself; I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League.
You learn from your mistakes. Those moments they will come, and I will work and focus on it.
I have to do my job, so then yeah, maybe in time I can be a legend. But to have those positive sounds from the fans and the legends that talk about me, I'm grateful for that.
Ask any player: we all want to play in the best clubs and the best championships.
Of course I want to be the best in the world; I want to play against big teams and against big stars.
Memphis Depay is famous for his ability to score all sorts of goals. He is a versatile two-footed midfielder with good speed, as well as shooting and dribbling skills. He has been a key member of the Netherlands national team and Lyon in recent years and has shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. The followings are the
top quotes by Memphis Depay
about football and his own playing style.
Once you lose connection with the coach, it gets difficult.
Great players play all matches.
In the Premier League, you always have to be at your best. You get forced to get the best out of yourself.
I think soccer kept me off the street.
About His playing style
I take risks sometimes, and it's not the best choice. I have to take that kind of risk to become one of the best players in the world. If that's what I want to be, I cannot just play simple.
My quality on the ball will improve the more minutes I get in my legs because it works like that.
If I don't score goals or get assists, I am not doing my job.
If my body gets tired in the game, it's harder to keep the quality on the ball.
Being a fringe player is not the role I want.
I can improve and make my game more complete, but I keep on working and try my best.
I am a striker, so I have to score goals and give assists.
It's important for me to play every match the best I can.
Everybody watches free-kicks, and when you watch them, you enjoy them. You have got to learn how to shoot and connect with the ball and how to move your leg. For everybody, it is different, but if you want to score lots of goals, then free kicks is an extra way to do that.
I take risks; sometimes I lose the ball. It happens. This is the football.
If you want a left winger who plays simple, I'm not the good player.
I want to let my feet speak.
Sometimes I play as simply as possible, in one or two touches. But I also make bad decisions, I make mistakes, and I try too-complicated things.
What am I missing to be the best in the world? Honestly, nothing in terms of quality, just consistency, and that's not arrogance.
It does not matter to me. I can play from the left, the right, or attack through the middle.
I have to play with discipline in midfield.
The most important for me, what is expected of me, are goals and assists. For the rest, I do my best.
I work a lot on my coordination and starting speed.
A keeper can almost never catch my shots.
I will put pressure on myself to play good every game.
To win, you have to score; if I can do that frequently, my job is done.
Even if I start on the bench, if I come on, I go. Because I know I should be on the pitch, and I want to show why.
In this part of our article we have a look at the best Memphis Depay quotes about his club and international career.
On his career with Netherlands National team:
Sometimes I wonder if people realise how beautiful and honourable I find it to play for my country.
On the start of his career at PSV Eindhoven:
I've learned so much at PSV, not only on the pitch but also as a person.
I'm proud of winning the title with PSV. It's something the fans deserved and something I wanted so bad as well.
On His disappointing spell at Manchester United:
I believe I can be a great player forManchester United
It is a nice feeling to score two goals at Old Trafford.
I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true. But it is not the end of the dream; it is just starting.
In the first season, I didn't contribute enough, but I really believe you need a year to succeed in the Premier League; it's the fastest league in the world.
Good is not good enough at United.
Leaving Manchester United? That was not complicated. Back in Manchester, I was not happy with myself.
In Manchester, I always worked as I had to. For me, personally, it wasn't all that easy.
I was convinced I could add something that wasn't there yet: creativity, boldness, moves. Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. In name. But for years they played football that put you to sleep.
After I lost my spot in the starting line-up, I asked assistant coach Ryan Giggs to do extra training with me,
To work on my crosses with my left foot, to become a better winger. After a while Van Gaal asked me to come to his office. He said that there was nothing wrong with my left foot and that the extra training with Giggs was nonsense. It’s all in your head, he also told me.
That struck me. I mean, what could be wrong with trying to become a better player, with the help of a former top-winger like Ryan Giggs? More and more I got the feeling I could do nothing good according to Van Gaal.
Later on Van Gaal kept on saying that I needed to talk to that mental coach. It would benefit my focus and concentration level, he said. But I didn’t feel like talking to a stranger, also because I had my own mental coach since I was twelve already.
Deep inside I felt that it would cause a problem if I didn’t do what Van Gaal told me. But I didn’t want to be an actor and pretend that I thought it was a good thing to do. Just to please the manager.
After my third refusal to talk to that mental coach, Van Gaal didn’t speak to me for a long time. I think he’s finished with you when you don’t follow his advice. Before the last game of the season, the FA Cup-final against Crystal Palace, he even put me on the stands. Like a teacher does at school with a naughty child. (From Depay's autobiography, Heart of a lion)
Everyone knows the history between me and Man United wasn't successful. I didn't want it like that.
It is something special coming back to Manchester.
On his successful career spell at Lyon:
Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe.
I cannot become the best in the world by staying inLyon
; that's clear.
I was barely 23 when I arrived. I have changed, I have grown up. Here, I became a man. When I look back, I think it is a wonderful thing. I have built memories that will last for a long time, friendships, too. Here, this was my home. It feels strange to think that this is my last match here. It makes me sad to leave in an empty stadium, without supporters, but my family and friends will be with me in this special moment.
(From Depay's interview with L’Équipe)
I have had magnificent times here. I played in the Champions’ League, I became captain, a better player and a more complete player.
(From Depay's interview with L’Équipe)
On Joining Barcelona:
This is the biggest club in the world so I have to play for trophies - I came here to win trophies, We have a lot of quality and all the potential to win all the trophies it is possible to win.
I want to thank the president and the coach for the signing. At last, we reached an agreement with Lyon. It's literally a dream come true for me to join the biggest club in the world, with the greatest fans. I'm excited to play in a full stadium. I'm looking forward to playing in front of the fans.
We wrap up our article on the top quotes by Memphis Depay with a collection of the
best Memphis Depay quotes
about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on Jurgen Klopp and Diego Maradona.
On Louis Van Gaal:
Van Gaal is really a man with personality.
On Arjen Robben:
Arjen Robben, for instance, is a good player, and he helped me a lot with the international team.
On David Beckham:
I'm not David Beckham. I don't compare myself to such a legend.
On Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi:
I heard people compare me toCristiano Ronaldo
Let’s be honest: doesn’t everyone look at Ronaldo’s free kicks? I’ve looked at a lot of his technique, but I do it in my own way. I have my own style and try not to do the same.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, boy are they good. What they've done, I try to emulate. I have the talent and the potential is there. I'm physically strong, fast and can score goals. I'm very strong mentally. Every footballer has his own story. Everything I've been through has made me very mature for my age. (From Depay's interview with Elf Magazine)
On Jose Mourinho:
Mourinho is a great coach. He has told me he believes in me, both in person but also publicly.
I have no bitterness towards Mourinho. I did what I had to do in training. Of course, I didn't understand his choices, but he was the boss. I had to accept those choices.
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Memphis Depay quotes.
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