Best Edgar Davids Quotes, a complete collection

Fri 19 November 2021 | 7:30

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

Edgar Davids

is a former Dutch footballer who is currently working as a head coach at Olhanense football club. Widely considered as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Edgar Davids had a very successful career at the club and International level. During his illustrated career, Edgar Davids won many major titles and individual awards including 3 Eredevise and 1 UEFA Champions League titles with Ajax Amsterdam and 3 Serie A titles with Juventus. His most historic individual award being selected in FIFA World Cup 1998 All-Star Team.

On the international level, Edgar Davids was one of the main stars of the Netherland's golden generation that finished fourth at the 1998 World Cup and reached the semi-final of the 2000 European Championship. Davids scored 6 goals in 74 games during his 11-years international career with the Netherlands.

Edgar Davids started his career at his boyhood club, Ajax Amsterdam, before moving to Italy to play for some of the best clubs of the Serie A including Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. He also had short spells at FC Barcelona and Tottenham. Davids retired from playing in 2014 and started his managerial career soon after. He is truly among the most influential players in the history of the game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Edgar Davids quotes


The Best Collection of Edgar Davids quotes

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

Edgar Davids quotes about his personal life and personality

Edgar Davids was born into a family of football fans from Paramaribo, Suriname. His family immigrated to Netherlands when he was still a toddler. His father was a diehard football fan who encouraged him in the early stages of his career. He has a cousin, Lorenzo who was also a professional footballer. Edgar Davids is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He was once in a long-time relationship with a model named, Olcay Gulsen. The followings are Edgar Davids quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On his childhood, parents and family

I played street soccer; that's where I started. If you look at South America, that's why they have technical players.

On his hobbies and preferences

Visually, my trademarks have always been my glasses and hair.

I have my own brand called Monta, including a specially designed street soccer ball made out of a denim material which fades like your old jeans when used.

I have only one body, which is the home of my spirit; therefore, I cherish my body.

I love London. It is such a melting pot. Everything is here.

The transition from soccer to fashion was an organic one. You see, in the fashion industry, everybody either knows each other or is linked to one another. If you're not part of their inner circle, things can be hard.

The guy I cater my clothes to wants to be different without going overboard. So we sell many classic silhouettes with unique details to avoid things from getting ordinary.

On his personality, Beliefs and objectives

That is life: you have to deal with things, and it's up to you how you deal with things. That's what makes you mature or not. If you can get the best out of yourself, that's all that matters. If you do that, nobody is arguing.

Sometimes I don't even accept the simplest medical treatment, such as, for example, the anti-flu vaccine.

I'm just straightforward.

We started a new movement called street soccer, so I was already breathing and living the style. Since street soccer is not a game but a lifestyle, it required a matching wardrobe.

The past can influence the future. When you finish one chapter, you open another, which will be influenced by what you've just lived through.

It doesn't matter if you are 30 or 40 or 19 or 17 - if you can play the ball, you can play the ball.

I was very fortunate to have a career like this. I wanted to put a lot back for the community.

If you are hoping for a Champions' League final or winning a title, it's the same. You are working for a result.

Edgar Davids quotes about football and his playing style

Edgar Davids was known to be among the best central midfielders of his generation, and of all time. He has been praised for his physicality, tackling skills and power and hard work. He reached the top level of football and stayed at the top for almost 15 years. It is surely interesting to have a look at the

top quotes by Edgar Davids

about football and his own playing style.

On football

Almost every football player played on the streets. And also, a lot of people not ending up as football players play on the streets. It's the beginning of a lot of social gathering.

In both games, you have to think fast. In chess you tend to know all the patterns already, just like in football.

Loyalty? There's no loyalty in football.

I think it's important to condemn that. There's a line, and if you have a racial - racist comment, no, somebody has to act upon it.

I have respect for every level of football.

The truth hurts, and not everyone can deal with it. Every player is different, but they are all entitled to the truth. It is up to them if they can handle it or not.

When you play eleven a side, you might go through a game with very few touches, but with street football, you're always involved in the game, so it is a great way to improve your skill and to learn how to create and use space, as the pitch is very small.

Street football features all the basics of football: you get a lot of touches on the ball, it is fast, teaches you to think quickly and to be creative.

Great players will always be able to play with other great players.

Asian players are very eager to work hard, but they don't have the physicality of the Europeans, so they might actually need to work twice as hard. With street football, their skills will improve a lot, and so will their tactical awareness, because by playing within a limited space, you need to be very focused on your game.

By playing in the street, the level of Asian football can absolutely improve, as you will get more technical players. They will be quicker, more creative, and after succeeding in the street, it will be a piece of cake for them to do well eleven a side.

When you change team, and you have the right mindset and a coach who respects you, everything becomes easier.

Ask most people, and they will say their name or profession, but you have to know who you are both physically and mentally. It's really important in football because then you know your trigger points, how to adapt and improve.

It is important to have tough and strong players to win back the ball and give consistency to a team.

Most racist people are like sheep. They are people without backbones. People think racist abuse stops on the football pitch, but that's just the beginning. When you go home, you are still confronted with it. Football is just a magnifying glass of the real world.

Even though you're irritated or disappointed about a game, never lose your human side.

You can get racially abused 10 times before you even reach the football stadium. If you've been confronted every day with something like that, it's hard. This is not about people playing the 'race card.' This is a reality that people like to sweep under the carpet.

I have been racially abused by fans and players, but sometimes it's just a way to get under your skin.

If you approach a player with respect, he will give you that respect back, but sometimes fans are just critical.

When someone makes a racist remark, that doesn't make him a racist, but you have to say, 'This the line. You've crossed it, and you have to apologize' - not only to the person who has been hurt but also the people who live with that racial abuse almost all their lives. I think that's unacceptable if you don't.

All teams are grateful for their fans most of the time because they give you the platform to perform. It might sound like a cliche, but it's the truth.

This game is about engagement and respect, whether you're playing in the Champions League or in the fourth division.

When you have too many stars, you have too many egos to manage, and it's difficult.

Everyone has an affection for the club where you played in your youth; that's normal. But loyalty to it? Loyalty is staying at the club. Affection is different. The important thing is that when you're there, you give it your all, respect the rules and respect the club, and try to be the best you can be. That's fair enough.


Champions League

is so difficult, It's like a lottery: sometimes you're just unlucky.

Everyone wants to play in the Champions' League because that's where it is all happening. That's where you get the A-status for players. It's very important for young players.

You don't want to play one year in the Champions' League and go out. You don't then establish yourself as a big club.

It's obviously important for the English national team if you have a lot of players playing big matches. You are more mature and know how to cope.

Football is more verbal in Holland, but there is a different approach in England.

On his Playing style

You need to beat a defender when you have the ball. You need to be able to successfully pass to a team-mate, and there are other attributes needed to be the complete player.

I started in a 4-3-3 formation at


, playing in left midfield. There, you need to be just as involved defensively as you are going forward. You attack and you defend, and that allows you to be a complete player.

I can play left-back; I can play in midfield or on the left or right wings.

I just want to enjoy football and show the best I can do.

I can't even remember playing a game without pain.

I don't complain if I get a hard tackle.

When big teams play each other, you automatically want to raise your game. You want to see what level you're at, and you know you have to step up.

Edgar Davids 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 this generation the debate is mostly between

Lionel Messi

and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Edgar Davids never played alongside Messi at Barcelona, but has always backed-up the Argentine in the never-ending topic of who is the Goat in the history of football. He has praised Ronaldo as well, especially for his amazing hunger for success and his determination and work rate. The followings are the best Edgar Davids quotes about Messi and Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is just an athlete. He works so hard and back to back; he is always there. But if you work hard, can you be like Messi? No, that's impossible. Can you be like Ronaldo? Yes, to a certain extent.

I think it's always unfair, but, if you are Neymar or Messi or Suarez, people expect every week back-to-back goals or brilliant performances.

Ronaldo is the best of the best, I mean not only as a football player but also as a human being. You can see how he developed and how devoted he is to really staying on top every year to excel. I think that is something unbelievable, and I said it before and will say it again: he is an athlete, and an athlete is a positive thing.

Messi is just an anomaly: he can dribble, he can score, he can pass, he has the vision, he understands the game.

When you look at youth, they want to aspire to somebody. You can see that with him you have to work hard, and that's what you bring if you have someone like Ronaldo who embodies hard work and determination.

Top quotes by Edgar Davids about famous football players

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

best Edgar Davids quotes

about other football great stars including his comments on former teammates, Clarence Seedorf and Jaap Stam.

On Antonio Conte:

Conte is a good coach, but I would steal his place on the bench.

On Alessandro Del Piero:

Football will never see another

Alessandro Del Piero


I know him very well, but I think Alessandro Del Piero knows himself the best, better than everyone else, so only he can answer the question if he needs to stop or needs to play. It's his own decision.

On Louis Van Gaal:

He moulded me as a player by teaching me the basics, the fundamentals of football, and definitely made me the player I was until I stopped playing. That is what Van Gaal does.

My previous bosses - Louis van Gaal and Marcello Lippi, to name two - have all taught me something.

If you look at most youngsters, they have worked well under Van Gaal. I had never heard of Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich before Van Gaal managed him, and he's now one of the best players in the world.

On Jaap Stam:

Jaap Stam is a man-mountain of a footballer.

Gerrard is passionate, and he leads from the front. At times, he has lifted Liverpool to great wins almost single-handedly.

On Clarence Seedorf:

Seedorf is doing well, and I am happy for him. I hope he stays at Milan so that he can prove how much he really understands about football.

On Carles Puyol:

It hurts me that Puyol is leaving Barcelona, and I wish him well. For me, he was always the fire that the team needed.

On Mario Balotelli:

I'd love to see Balotelli at Juventus. I think he can become the best.

The only person who can help Balotelli is Balotelli.

On Zinedine Zidane:

Zizou is a phenomenon. It is an honour to share the same midfield as him. But he thinks the same about me.

On Paul Pogba:

Pogba is an extraordinary talent.

I am not at all convinced by Pogba. He plays a lot in England - it's true - but I expected a lot more from him.

On Luis Suarez:

I think everybody can say that

Luis Suarez

is a very good player. He's scored so many goals in the Premier League, and he is definitely a quality player.

On Arrigo Sacchi:

In management, everything is different. If you look at successful coaches, they always need time to kickstart something. Arrigo Sacchi - when he started the revolution at Milan, he was almost on the brink of being sacked, but then he won, and people started believing in the system; he had more time to breathe.

On Frank Rijkaard:

It is a lot easier to manage at a big club rather than at a smaller one. Look at Frank Rijkaard. At Sparta Rotterdam, he was disastrous - and then went to Barca and won everything.

On Carlo Ancelotti:

Ancelotti has managed a lot of big clubs, and I think he would do well at Madrid because Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain are big clubs.

People know who Carlo Ancelotti is. He's a man with a lot of experience.

Best Edgar Davids quotes about his club and International career 

We wrap up our article with some of Edgar Davids quotes about his club and international career. Edgar Davids played for some of the best football clubs in the world, Including Juventus, Ajax Amsterdam,


and AC Milan. He also had a very successful career with Netherland National team, reaching the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship.

On his club career:

If you play for Barcelona or Ajax or for any top team or top side, they want to see the top players excel every week.

Everybody in Ajax plays 4-3-3, from seven years old, so they get used to the system. It's all about being a total player.

I played for Barcelona, for Ajax, where it's important to develop and integrate young talent.

Barcelona need somebody at the back who can defend and has that passion the fans love.

I have fantastic memories. It was a memorable time in my life, and I was pleased to get the chance to come to Barcelona and help the team.

When I am on the pitch, I just want to play, I don't care if it is the Nou Camp or not; I just want to play.

I just grew up in Ajax with all the players from Ajax. We only had two or three foreigners, so everyone knew each other and knew the system.

I think when I played at Juventus,  that was the best team.

I have found back at Spurs the pleasure of football.

On his international career with Netherland National Team:

I cherished every moment with the national team - the good ones and the bad ones - because you learn from your mistakes.

On his managerial career:

I've never had a big dream to be a manager, but I'm a curious guy, and I want to see if I like it.

I am enjoying my time as Barnet coach, but I think I could do it in Serie A.

I coached a team in Brixton - Brixton United - for a while. We won two cups. They are a good team, but I only coached. No playing.

Anything is possible, and if an opportunity turned up, and it was under the right circumstances, I would love to come back to England in a coaching capacity.

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