Gary Neville Quotes, a complete collection

Fri 10 December 2021 | 7:30

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

Gary Neville is former English player who is currently working as a pundit. Widely considered as one of the greatest defenders of all time,

Gary Neville

spent the entire of his career 20-years long career at Manchester United. He was one of the stars of the famous Manchester side that won two Champions League titles (1999-2000 and 2007-2008).

During his illustrated career, Neville won almost every major title at the club level including 8 Premier League and 3 FA Cup titles and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. Neville was a member of the English national team for almost 12 years and participated in the 1998 World Cup. His first and only experience as the head coach was at FC Valencia.

Neville played over 700 career games and scored 5 goals. Since retiring from football, He has had a very successful career as a pundit. Gary Neville is truly among the most influential players in the history of the beautiful game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Gary Neville quotes


Best Collection of Gary Neville quotes

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

Gary Neville quotes about his personal life

Gary Neville was born into a family of football fans from Bury in England. According to himself, he started playing from the age of 7. Neville is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He has been in a long-time relationship with his current wife, Emma Hadfield. The two married in 2007 and have two daughters. It is certainly interesting to know more about Gary Neville quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On his childhood, Marriage and kids

I would have been about seven years old when the formative years of my competitive football education began. I was playing in the local leagues around Manchester, playing against lads from tough areas who had been taught they had to fight for everything.”

When I was a child, the

FA Cup

was one of the crown jewels of the sporting year, along with the Grand National, Wimbledon and The Open. But with every announcement it seems to lose another piece of its identity. First it was sponsors added to the name, followed by the semi-finals at Wembley.

When you first walked into that ground at the age of five or 10…you fell in love with that team running out in that red shirt, in that great ground, on that green pitch. That was what drew you to the club and made you think, wow, that’s got me. And it’s an addiction you have for life. It was walking into the stadium, that’s what gripped me, the size of it — I was in awe of the whole place. I just love everything; the badge, the history.

On his personality, Believes and objectives

If you don't like someone, don't shake their hand.”

It was like he was being controlled by a 10 year-old on a PlayStation.”

We live in a multi-cultural society far more open to international ideas. If you'd told me 20 years ago I'd drive through Bury and see someone sitting outside a cafe drinking a latte, I'd have laughed. In fact, I wouldn't have even known what a latte was.

The moment of winning the trophy. That evening, when you’ve actually done it. It’s the thrill of the final whistle blowing and knowing you’ve won a trophy that I’ll miss the most.

Gary Neville quotes about football

Gary Neville is known the most for his amazing work rate, stability, stamina and loyalty. He was a one club player during his career. He has had short experiences as an assistant manager and a head coach after retiring from playing, but his real success has been at the media industry. Neville has been one of the best football pundits in recent years and it is very interesting to know more about the

top quotes by Gary Neville

about football and his own playing style.

For sportsmen or women who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body.

Nothing improves your confidence and brings a team together more than winning a cup.

A coach once told me there are four factors that determine a players' performance: his tactical awareness, his physical condition, his technical ability and his mental strength.

The trouble with the transfer window is it creates a window where transfers have to be done

There are some agents who do a good job looking after players but there are others who stifle and mollycoddle them.

With good coaching, proper motivation and the right club structure with organic growth, you can achieve an awful lot in football.

A collection of strong-minded individuals who have learned how to dismiss mistakes, disappointments and problems in their personal life make up a strong team. If the majority of the team have that then, as a unit, you are almost impossible to beat.

As football gets more globalized, it's probably more important than ever to have one or two players in your team who have grown up in the same streets or been to the same schools as the hard-core fans.

Something interesting has happened over the last 10 years in the Premier League. Players who once would have been discarded as expensive and too old have become important parts of title-winning squads.

There are lots of concerns facing English football but for me the major one is the way in which football clubs are run by owners, whether they are growing organically and sustainably and how that is being policed by the football authorities.

One year's poor form remains a blip but if it happens next year, you can say it's a trend.

It is one of my pet hates when I see players who have agents who do everything for them. They don't know how to set up their own bank accounts, they don't know what they are spending their money on and they can't make their own decisions.

I don't even like the football anymore. The last bastion has gone. Liverpool play better football,


play better football, there's 3 or 4 teams now that play better football....This is a dark, dark day.

I developed a mechanism so that whatever mistakes I made, I would bounce straight back. Whatever was happening off the pitch, I could put it to one side and maintain my form. Call it mental resilience or a strong mind, but that is what we mean when we talk about experience in a football team.

Gary Neville 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. Neville played alongside

Cristiano Ronaldo

and against Messi many times during his career at Manchester United. He has praised Ronaldo and Messi in many of his interviews, although he has stated that to him Messi is the best player in the world. Here are

Gary Neville quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo


If Real Madrid land on Manchester airport, then the airport will be surely flooded just to see one player whom fans want most. Everyone knows the name, I don't need to tell it. He is the Prince and legend of Manchester,The King and legend of Real(Madrid). 'CRISTIANO RONALDO'

The only time when I have ever watched a performance where I have been genuinely mesmerised by a player was Messi for the 20 minutes before half-time in the Nou Camp against Manchester City.

This Guy (Messi) is the Best Player in the World, no doubt about that. I think we're always nervous about calling people who are currently playing, who are young at 23, to say he's the Best Player ever. But we shouldn't be. We should admit what we are seeing in front of our eyes. This is a special talent, who may be is the Best Player ever been seen.

Top quotes by Gary Neville about famous football players and teams

In this part of our article on we will have a look at the

top quotes by Gary Neville

about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on his former teammates at Unted Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Andy Cole.

On Paul Scholes:

I wouldn’t swap Paul Scholes for anybody. He is quite simply the most complete footballer I have ever played with. He is the best.

Paul Scholes. The best! Great player, person, friend!

The best illustration I can give of his talent is that at Manchester United there was always a possession drill in training designed to develop our passing ability, which might be three players against another three players, or six versus six, or nine versus nine. But no matter what the numbers were, the side with Paul Scholes on their team would always win by keeping the most possession.

On Ryan Giggs:

Ryan Giggs

will go down as the most successful British footballer of all time and I cannot see anyone ever overtaking him. He's on the brink of his 13th league title, after all.

On Andy Cole:

Coley deserves a great reception. The United fans will respect a great player for this club who scored a bagful of goals. There's bound to be a bit of banter, but Coley played in the European Cup final and the fans won't forget that.

On Mario Ballotelli:

It's a circus, and every time I've been to the circus, I always see some clowns, and he is one.'

On Roman Abramovic:

The reality is Chelsea will never be stable until [he] is the manager.

On Pablo Zabaleta:

Every time I see him I think of myself and I wish I was him.'

On Dimitar Berbatov:

If he was paid by the sprint, he'd be skint!

On Mathieu Flamini:

[He] is like a commentator on the pitch. He shouts at everybody but doesn't do anything himself.

On Craig Forrest:

I've got no sympathy for him whatsoever. I just wish we had got 10 past him. At the end of the day we've got to be ruthless and we are in the business of winning for us. If they had scored three or four, nobody would have said do you feel sorry for Mark Bosnich? We don't feel sorry for Craig Forrest

Whenever I watch him play, to me [he] looks like he's being controlled by a 10-year-old in the crowd on a Playstation.

On Andrei Arshavin:

He looks the most disinterested player in the league to me. He doesn't wanna be here, I think he's said it. He doesn't like London, doesn't like England, he thinks our women are ugly

On Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho:

The best managers out there at the moment are Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho but they are at other clubs - Real Madrid and Barcelona.

On Tottenham:

It's so poor. That's them historically. It's what I always think of them. Never ready. Weak.

On Ugo Ehiogu:

We always looked forward to playing Aston Villa to hear him mangle Ugo Ehiogu's name. Make sure you pick up Ehugu, Ehogy, whatever his name is.

On Chelsea's dramatic UCL title win:

They're crying. It was Drogba, it was the angels, it was the heavens, it was the stars, it was the gods, it was everything for Chelsea. This is not anything to do with football. This is more than football, this is spirit. Never giving in, fighting to the end, that English spirit running right the way through this Champions League for Chelsea.

On Liverpool:

I can't stand


. I can't stand the people. I can't stand anything to do with them.

I have to put up with Liverpool fans singing plenty of songs about me, none of them tasteful, and I struggle to believe that I have caused them any grave offence with an exuberant celebration

On Bayern Munich:

The rest of the Spice Girls wanted to invite the entire Bayern Munich team because they reckoned they'd never known blokes to be on top for 90 minutes and still come second.

On The Super League:

The reaction to it is that it’s been damned and rightly so. I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted. I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool the most,

Liverpool say they’re the people’s club, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the fan’s club. Manchester United, 100 years, born around workers around here, and they’re breaking into a league without competition, that they can’t be relegated from.

It’s an absolute disgrace and we have to wrestle back the power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league and that includes my club. I’ve been talking for 12 months as part of another group for an independent regulator to bring checks and balances into place to stop this happening.

It’s criminal, it’s a criminal act against football fans in this country, make no mistake about it, this is the biggest sport in the world, the biggest sport in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that. Deduct points, deduct the money and punish them.

(From Neville's interview with Sky Sports)

Best Gary Neville quotes about his playing and managerial career 

We wrap up our article on Gary Neville quotes with a look at the

best Gary Neville quotes

about his club career at his all-time club, Manchester United, his international career with England and his managerial spell at Valencia.

On his international career with England:

There have been times when I've reflected on my international career and just thought: 'Well that was a massive waste of time.' Sorry for sounding sour, but my best mate, David Beckham, got butchered after the World Cup in 1998, then my brother, Phil, after Euro 2000.

Playing for


was one long roller-coaster: some ups and downs, but also quite a few moments when you're not really sure if you're enjoying the ride.

On his club career with Manchester United:

I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I've ever had. I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end. However, it comes to us all and it's knowing when that time is and for me that time is now.

In my 20 years in football, I was fortunate enough never to have experienced relegation. And while there is the pressure of expectations at the top of the league, at the bottom it comes in fear and trepidation, which is almost worse.

While we're living the dreams we have as children fade away'. Not if you support United!

We have to win that game. But we have to win every game, that's the way it's always been.

The idea was that you’ve never made it. With a young player sometimes you hear people saying: ‘He’s made it.’ Our idea was that you’ve never made it. You can perform well here and still be out if you don’t fit the plan. There are no passengers, it’s a conveyor belt, and if you’re not contributing to the success of the club in some way you won’t be here much longer.

I always tell the young players here if you look down at your shirt and see a Manchester United badge, you’re not having a bad day. You’re doing all right. The day I don’t have the United badge on my chest will be a sad one for me. I don’t think I can ever have the same feeling playing for another football club.

To play 500 or 600 games, obviously that would bring you potentially more money and a longer football career, but what really matters is winning trophies and playing for a club that I love and wanted to win trophies for.

To have played at this club for so long and get to 500 matches is something I never would have dreamed of.

It is an agonising process because to stop playing at this club is a big thing for me. I love the club, it’s all I’ve ever known. But in some ways it becomes easier for me because I love the club that much I don’t want to become a passenger. Everybody would say – play football for as long as you possibly can. Everybody would say that, because you can’t go back to it. But there’s more to it than that for me. For me to go and play at another football club just won’t happen. I won’t dilute my memories of football. I know that would happen for me. My colours are so firmly nailed to the mast at this club, for me to go and run out in a different shirt, I just wouldn’t enjoy that.

Winning trophies, that is the most important bit. A lot of people might not play 600 games at United, but a lot of people have amassed caps and amassed a lot of games, and there might be people who’ve played 850 games, they might be on 720 in different clubs over their careers. The difference, I feel, in my career is that I’ve played in teams that have mattered and won things, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do which is to contribute in some way, however big or small, to teams that have won major trophies. That is the only thing that is really important.

I don't think it is right for us at

Manchester United

to be talking about winning the European Cup. Over the last few years we have slipped a noose round our own necks by consistently saying we have to win the Champions League because we have not won it since 1999. What we should be doing is concentrating on the Premiership.

On his managerial spell at Valencia

From my point of view, sitting on television in these last few years talking about coaches, the time has now come for me to stand up. If I had turned down this job I think I could have said goodbye to credibility in football, because this is an unbelievable club with a huge history.

I won't sleep well tonight. I didn't like what I saw. The fans didn't deserve that. We have to recover incredibly quickly. It was one of the most painful experiences I've had in football. I've had some as a player and now I've had some as a manager. We have made so many silly errors that you can't make at any level, let alone against this team. (After losing 7-0 to Barcelona)

I want to thank Valencia, the fans, the coaching staff and players. I would have liked to continue the work I started, but I understand that we are in business based on results and in 28 games we have seen 10 wins, seven draws and 11 defeats, which is not the level demanded by me or by this club.

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