Top 353 Footballer Quotes

In this post, you will find great Footballer Quotes from famous people, such as Antonio Conte, Bojan Krkic, Timothy Weah, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

My talent as a footballer was medium. But I had heart,

My talent as a footballer was medium. But I had heart, a will to win, to work to overcome my limitations.
The footballer’s career is very long and staying on the top for many years is always very difficult.
My father has played at Celtic before. He has told me it is really intense, and it is good to grow as a footballer by playing for this club.
I like Mourinho’s sessions: very dynamic, always with the ball. There are no really long sessions or talks. He understands what a footballer needs: twenty minutes, that’s it. No time to lose concentration.
I am a professional footballer, and it’s a game where the coach decides where you can be most beneficial for the team. As long as I am attacking, I am happy! I know what Jose Mourinho decides will be best for me personally and for the team.
But I was just a normal person really. You see, I didn’t get it in my head that I was just a professional footballer for Arsenal Football Club.
Would I swap what I have achieved as a cook if I could have been as successful as a footballer? Definitely.
When you are a footballer, you will not always play 90 minutes. Sometimes you are not happy, but this is not important for me.
When you are a player, a footballer, or a manager of a great club like Chelsea, you must play to win. To win. To win the title. Or to fight and, at the end, to compete with the other teams to win the title and reach your targets.
I had to go to see the careers woman at school, and when she asked me what I wanted to do after school, I told her flat: ‘I want to be a professional footballer.’ I can remember her being silent for a few seconds, just looking at me.
I’m a footballer, that’s my job and that’s all I want to be known for.
For every footballer, to finish in the top ten of the Ballon d’Or is a dream.
When I was younger, I had a fear of being judged as a footballer, and my worst fear was feeling like I didn’t belong at the level of football I was playing.
I was born in Germany, grew up in Germany, and when I was becoming a professional footballer, I felt like a German.
In top form, Messi is the best footballer I have ever seenperiod.
That’s the buzz you want as a footballer – to perform well in the big high-profile games.
Being a footballer was about analysing performance, never being satisfied, seeing what lessons you can learn and who you can learn from.
Being a manager is so different to being a footballer. It’s a very difficult job, but, of course, it’s very exciting as well.
For me, the goals were not important, but instead to lift some silverware at the end of the season. That is the objective for a footballer.
That’s what being a footballer is, really: you train at this time, you finish at that time, then you do that, then you go home, then you’re not allowed out, then you do this… there comes a point in your career – about thirty, thirty-one – when you get a bit sick of being screamed at.
I am footballer, not a public relations person.
The Premier League is one of the best in the world, without a doubt. The stadiums are always full, and the atmosphere is incredible, but not every footballer is able to play in England. The character can be difficult for a foreigner.
The World Cup is every footballer’s dream.
I know, everywhere I go, I have the door open because I am a great footballer and a great person.
I always looked up to Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo because he was for me the ideal footballer. He was at United, he had an unbelievable shot, his skills, he was fast, so the complete player. I always try to do the same things on the pitch like him.
If a footballer is well motivated and has various things to motivate him every day, he will keep achieving his goals.
Obviously, I did enjoy my football – it was just that I was missing out with friends. But they are the sacrifices that sometimes you have to make as a footballer, to make it.
A footballer can have even more problems than other people. Sometimes money and fame can become a problem, too.
My favourite player was Jack Grealish; top man! He is a naturally gifted footballer and for me, he is a joy to watch. If I could watch any player play, it would be him. He can do everything – he is exciting and tries to make things happen.
You go to a lot of cities they’ve got these great big footballer’s houses. There’s not many in Stoke-on-Trent.
My thoughts on Balotelli? He’s the kind of player who infuriates me. I was not born a footballer like him. I achieved what I did because of all the hard work I put in. I had to make sacrifices.
Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get re

Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results. It is part of being a footballer.
Having a stadium in France named after a footballer from the Ivory Coast, even if I’m proud of my France-Ivory Coast background, is a great proof of integration.
Didier Drogba
It is not easy to change things in a footballer that other coaches told him were very good.
I don’t know where horse riding could have taken me, and it’s something I can always go back to when I’ve retired from football, but the crossroads came in my life when Chelsea wanted to sign me and make me a professional footballer in 2013 when I was 20.
Sometimes, the fact that you’re a footballer makes you think that racism can’t happen to you because you bring that passion and you express a lot of things. When it happened to me, I couldn’t believe it, and in that moment, I decided to walk off the pitch.
I think I get a raw deal from referees. But as a professional footballer I have to accept it, and that’s what I do.
My father went to catch wild frogs. I was skinny and weak, and my father heard their juice would give me size and strength. It tasted very, very bad… but I had to drink it because I wanted to be a footballer, and everyone said I needed to be bigger and stronger.
The disappointment of getting relegated from the Premier League is an awful time for anybody as a footballer.
It’s impossible to imagine doing anything else because I always had in my head that I would be a footballer.
Even as a footballer, I was always being creative.
I am a footballer. I know how to play football ,and I know how to manage projects in the area of football. This is what I want to limit myself to.
Your eyes are very important as a professional footballer.
I had a lot of friends who were also football players. Some of them ended up in prison, some of them had injuries. I think of my group of friends, I am the only one who is a professional footballer.
My dream was always to be a footballer and help my family.
I always wanted kids I could take to work, and for them to experience the things I experience. So, having three boys as a footballer was a dream.
If you can have a career as a footballer for 13 years then you’re really lucky, but there will probably be plenty of supporters up and down the country saying that I wasn’t a top player, to put it kindly. That’s for sure.
I was a footballer for a long, long time.
It doesn’t matter if a footballer is earning £100,000 a week or £1,000 a week the first thing you need to do is work hard for your team.
For any footballer who plays for Real Madrid in the modern era, the prospect of leaving the club must feel like a step down no matter where they go – but it does not have to be like that.
When I was younger I would play in front of crowds as small as 500 in the second division in Belgium, so I know what that’s like. It might be easier in terms of pressure, but believe me, I would always prefer to be at a packed Anfield playing against Manchester United. That’s why you want to become a footballer.
I will not lie, people know I’m a footballer and I had to seize the moment with Zenit’s financial offer.
I see my uncle as an idol, someone I have always looked up to as a footballer.
You set out to be a footballer, when you’re young, and you think I’d love to do that. There’s plenty of things along the way that could change that, and it’s the same thing now with being a manager, it’s time will tell how it goes.
As a footballer, you want to play every game.
If I have to, I’ll keep going until my career ends, but I think I’ve found a club to put down roots. A traditional club that supports its people, people who believe in it and give everything. I’d like to be part of that, a great footballer for many years for Arsenal.
Pablo Mari
It’s hard losing a parent, especially dad because he was always behind me. It was his dream and my dream for me to become a footballer.
Bayern Munich made it possible for me to achieve the greatest wish of any footballer: Winning the Champions League.
It’s why you become a footballer, so you can play against the best in the Champions League.
There’s going to be bumps along the way, in any walk of life, not just as a professional footballer with injuries. You’ve got to be resilient with it and keep pushing through. It’ll make you stronger as well.
One of my biggest goals is to not be remembered as just a footballer.
People would say: ‘Look what he has on his face, look at his head. What is this scar? It’s so ugly.’ Wherever I went, people would look at me. And not because I was a good person or because my name is Franck or was a good footballer, but because of the scar.
The kudos and hierarchy of playing in the Premier Leagu

The kudos and hierarchy of playing in the Premier League for a footballer is huge.
Every opportunity that you get in life to do something unique, that’s going to challenge you and push you, is an opportunity that I want to take, especially as a footballer.
My parents showed me the good way. The education I had with them and my dream to become a footballer never let me go off the path.
I have been following the Premier League very closely because once you have been a footballer you have an affinity with the game.
Beyond being a footballer, I am a citizen.
It is good for any footballer to get a run of games.
I’ve always wanted to be a footballer, and I’ve always believed that’s the path I was going to go down.
Maybe I’m the only footballer who isn’t interested in cars. My Lancia Y gets me around.
Every footballer wants to take part in a World Cup with his country.
I usually sprint for 20 to 30 metres – occasionally 50 to 60 metres maximum. But no footballer ever sprints a complete 100 metres during a game.
I never meditated before. I wish I’d started when I was a footballer or more importantly when I was a manager. It might have saved me from insanity.
It was always a dream as a footballer to compete in the best leagues in the world and those leagues are here in Europe.
I played semi-pro at Chalfont St. Peter but it’s so hard to become a pro footballer – I think there’s even more competition than acting.
Alex Roe
If nerves undo you, then you’re unlikely to make it as a top footballer.
A lot of kids, when they get to 18 or 19, they start getting flashy and forgetting about the real basics of being a professional footballer.
So being unable to play for so long isn’t where you want to be as a footballer. And if you are not playing for long periods of time, your career is only going to go one way.
As a footballer, you always want to win.
Part of the reason that I wanted to become a footballer was to help my family and friends financially so that was one of the thoughts that kept me going.
Abdoulaye Doucoure
When I dreamt of being a footballer I dreamt of being a forward, but I wasn’t talented enough.
As a footballer I can’t imagine life without the use of one of my legsSadly this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine.
Luck – it’s key for every footballer’s career. I have been incredibly lucky during my career and in my life.
I am going to continue and bring this club forward. I am Paul Gascoigne the footballer.
I started with Paul Le Guen. He told me to double up in positions if he was missing a left back or a midfielder. From that moment, it was clear in my mind that I would be a professional footballer, and I began working even faster to get there.
Karim Benzema
When I was a teenager, my idol was the Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. He’s the only person I’ve ever asked for an autograph.
I just loved kicking a ball but I was determined to be a footballer and I wanted a professional contract, I would go to any professional club to get one. From 15, all I wanted was to be a footballer.
My dream was to become a footballer. I started loving football so much that I followed my dad wherever he went and spent all my time playing football with friends out in the fields. But my parents also taught me the important values and principles in life of respect and to raise me in that way.
Miralem Pjanic
My two years at Juve were fantastic. I was just a lad when I arrived, and I was a real footballer when I left.
England have always had individually strong players, and I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, who has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well.
A footballer must quit at the right time.
There is no rule that says a footballer needs to be ‘this high’ and ‘this wide.’
Andres Iniesta
You question yourself all the time as a footballer. You have to focus on the positives.
I live in a bubble. Real life is the one my friends liv

I live in a bubble. Real life is the one my friends live. They’ve had to look for work, sign on to the dole, and emigrate. That’s normal life now. My life as a footballer is not normal.
It was very hard for me as a kid to get through as a footballer in Uruguay.
Every footballer plays with the hope that people love to watch you. But, for me, there is no sympathy or interest. I don’t seem to have any charm for fans.
Being married to a footballer is some girls’ dream, but it isn’t always like that. I work.
I was a street footballer.
I’m very aware that you lead a very peculiar existence as a professional footballer, being flown everywhere first-class and never having to queue up for anything. Of course, that’s attractive, but if you’re not careful, you end up living in a world where nothing is really real.
All I can say is I am a footballer, and if a club like Milan are interested in me, then I cannot lie to you: I am happy, because it is Milan.
I think, in every footballer’s life there are all sorts of ups and downs.
I think every footballer in the world wants to be on the pitch as much as possible.
As a footballer, you want to keep testing yourself and you also want to be playing at the biggest clubs possible.
Kemar Roofe
If I hadn’t made it as a footballer I would have been an electrician. I studied to be an electrician even though I was progressing at football because you never know at that stage if you are going to be there for sure.
You want to achieve the most you can in the short period you have in your career as a professional footballer.
My father was a footballer. I used to play a lot as a kid, but not like a team or something, just with my family having fun. It makes your legs stronger and helps your co-ordination.
I want to be a footballer. I don’t want to do anything else.
As a footballer, I’m never satisfied with where I’m at.
Let me tell you what it is like playing against Messi. You are up against a footballer who can take the ball either side of you, and you have no idea which side that might be from any hint about his body-shape.
Jaap Stam is a man-mountain of a footballer.
The lifestyle I lead as a footballer means I am always in the spotlight.
When people hear a footballer speaking, they can think about it and maybe even reconsider the prejudices they have.
I’ll always thank all of the teams I played for from the bottom of my heart because they all helped me grow as a person and a footballer, but the three years I spent in Naples were fantastic. That city gave me everything – my name, maturity, and international recognition. I get very emotional when Naples is mentioned.
I’m not just a footballer; I’m a top athlete, and we have to be at the top of our game.
As a young footballer, it’s not easy to come from Canada and then try to play in one of the best teams in the world. It takes time, especially at a young age. It takes a lot of patience to be able to play.
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.
As a footballer, I have always found it better not to be too emotional. Better to be cool, consistent, clinical. Celebrate goals, yes, but keep your feelings for those you trust most.
Sometimes when you are a professional footballer, you have to deal with tough decisions.
Everyone has got a perception of what a footballer is and, because I am a certain size, that I can only play one way – as a battering ram.
I have many footballer friends including I M Vijayan.
Kalabhavan Mani
I think that what I don’t like is everything that surrounds a footballer. The fame, the people idolizing you, the press, not being able to have a normal life like normal person. I think that is what has held me back a little in football.
The problem is that people have an idea of what a footballer should look like, how they should behave, what they should talk about. If you act a little differently you become a target. There is pressure to conform. This is very dangerous.
You’re obviously conscious of being brash or big-headed but I always knew I was going to be a footballer when I was seven or eight. I didn’t just think I wanted to be one, I knew I was going to be one. Nothing ever surprised me really.
When Carlisle released me, I felt as though the dream of being a footballer was over.
When you are a talented footballer you rely on your abi

When you are a talented footballer you rely on your abilities to win games. You use your skills without thinking. But in management that doesn’t work.
There’s a big difference between being a footballer and being a coach.
My father was a footballer, and he has inspired me.
If you’re a footballer, your club should be able to help you with medical needs, and that’s where the women‘s game gets a lack of respect. It doesn’t reflect well on women’s football at all.
I had a very interesting and exciting life as a footballer, for which I am grateful.
Every footballer wants to be in a starting position on the pitch.
Andrea Pirlo is football, he is a fantastic and sensational footballer.
People at school used to assume I was going to be a footballer, and it wasn’t until I got to 16, when I was at Southampton, that I had a doubt for the first time in my life. Southampton said I wasn’t big enough, but it was just because I hadn’t grown. Simple as that.
As a footballer, it can be enjoyable to do a proper interview where you trust the journalist to reproduce your thoughts.
I feel very strong as an individual, but as a famous footballer I know I am prone to certain things. All the media have a continuous interest for me. It varies from once a year to every day interest.
I see myself as the best footballer in the world. If you don’t believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of.
Real Madrid is the most important thing that happened to me, both as a footballer and as a person.
Zidane told me that since Messi, he had never seen a left foot like mine. I was a little impressed, because Messi is a piece of a footballer.
Yes, I was a footballer, but there’s more to me than meets the eye. I’ve got more levels. So many levels. I’m not going away – and I’m going to keep on talking until things start changing.
Every footballer knows the Premier League is a great league. It’s very competitive, and it’s among the best leagues in the world.
I’ve been booed in Holland and in Uruguay – as a professional footballer, you need to have thick skin and just get used to it.
I appreciate every guy, whether he is a footballer or a cook.
A footballer must be prepared to be welcomed when all is well and to receive criticism when things are not working out. Of course, it is not easy nor pleasant to hear negative things about you.
When you’re young, you don’t think about what you want to be. I was just playing football because I had fun and enjoyed it. When I reached 16, that’s when I was dreaming about becoming a footballer.
Messi is the best footballer in the world.
As a footballer, there is so much spare time.
My father pushed me to be a footballer. At every opportunity, he took me with him to play football. He came with me to matches.
Pulling on your country’s shirt is the greatest honour a footballer can have. It’s what I always dreamed of as a kid and I get a buzz every time.
I’m a street footballer and you still get street footballers from Africa, South Africa and really poor parts of Europe.
I am different as soon as I am on the pitch, because I had to fight so much and work so hard to become a professional footballer, so I have to give everything that I can.
My dad was not a footballer. He wasn’t anything remotely what the average person would say was a role model – but in my eyes he was Superman.
Everyone says Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but I would have love to have played with Luka Modric. I think he’s an incredible player, really strong mentally and a pure footballer.
It would not be honest if I did a review, because I’ve worked with Leo Messi, whom I consider the best player I’ve seen. I cannot comment or compare with Cristiano Ronaldo because I have not worked with him. That is not to say that I do not have as much respect for Cristiano as a footballer.
Being confident is a really important part of being a footballer. I know my own ability and what I can achieve.
Ayoze Perez
I’d call myself a street footballer, that’s where I learned my tricks, and through football I looked at the big players, I think it really helped me.
As a private person I think I am now totally different from Ruud van Nistelrooy the footballer.
Maybe I was an even better cricketer than a footballer.

Maybe I was an even better cricketer than a footballer.
Ben Chilwell
He was always brilliant, but when Pep Guardiola started to use him as a ‘false‘ No. 9, he got even better. It’s impossible to be more of a footballer than Messi.
I never thought that being a footballer I was invincible, I knew I was human.
I always break it down I am three different people. I’m Troy Deeney the footballer, I’m daddy who the kids get to see and I’m Troy which a few of my mates get to see.
Yes, I am the best footballer in the world.
We work just as hard as any footballer, period. We go through the same experiences and heartaches. We make the same sacrifices. We leave our families behind to chase our dreams, too.
It was part of my dream when I was a kid to become a footballer, is to have that pressure, to be the man who is going to be there when everything is on the line.
As a young footballer at United, Steve Bruce was one of the senior pros I really admired.
As a young footballer I used to look up to a number of stars for inspiration and I understand what Bhaichung must have done for all young Indians aspiring to be footballer.
I always said in my career as a footballer, I owe everything to Newell’s. But as a coach, I owe everything to Paraguay.
History shows that it is incredibly tough for a defender to be named Footballer of the Year because over the course of a year there is normally always a forward who steals the headlines up front.
The greatest thing for me is that my dad is a football hooligan. He’s an obsessive football fan. And I think he wanted me to be a footballer and I wasn’t. Instead, I probably disappointed him by going into the arts.
I’ll relish playing at Wembley in a major cup final. It’s a great achievement for me, and it’s why I became a footballer, because I want to win medals.
I used to play everything, but people in my village said football is in my blood because my father has been a footballer.
If a footballer goes on the pitch with the right mentality, he will perform well.
When I left Liverpool, I knew had to leave. It was a big step but it was something I had to do. A lot of people asked if it was hard, it wasn’t hard. It was something I needed to do to improve and get better as a footballer.
My dad’s a worker, an electrician, a bog standard job. Nothing glamorous like a footballer, but yet he still provided me with what I needed.
As a footballer, you just have to try to learn what you’ve done bad and what I could do good.
I was always determined to make it as a footballer, but if things hadn’t worked out, I’d have maybe followed my dad into the building industry.
I wanted to be the best footballer in Belgian history. That was my goal. Not good. Not great. The best.
I’m a working class lad. So at 25, and with no-one in our family having any theatrical inclination, when I said, ‘I’m going to scratch all that and become an actor,’ I may as well have said I was going to be a Premiership footballer for the chance I’d have.
I don’t like thinking ‘Why me, why me, why me?’ when I was diagnosed with cancer because that would be hypocritical. I didn’t say ‘Why me?’ when I was one in a thousand who made it as a professional footballer.
I am a professional footballer and as long as I’m able to make a contribution, I’ll be doing all I can to stay at the top.
Every footballer gets injuries – Jordan Henderson has had a tough couple of years. We all have to deal with it at some stage in our career.
What a footballer wants above all else is to win, regardless of who the coach is.
Pepe Reina
When I was living on my own, for a footballer it’s easy to do the things that you’re not supposed to, or not what the sport science team says. For example, if there’s a packet of crisps, you’re going to eat them. The same with a packet of sweets. Go to bed at a certain time? You’re not going to if you’re on your own.
It’s interesting how Rod Stewart can father a child at 65, and a straight, single footballer named Cristiano Ronaldo can arrange to have a surrogate have a baby, and neither of them receives any criticism.
I’ve always wanted to be a top footballer since I was young.
As a footballer, you always want to get better personally. And if you get better personally, you make the team better.
It’s the perfect club for any footballer to develop and to grow, because as everybody knows, La Masia can give you stability; they take care of you when you leave home.
To the fans, it does not matter a damn how you are. You are seen as the footballer, the idol, so no one thinks to stop and ask you, ‘Hey, how are you?’
In my day, I wasn't the best footballer, but I was the

In my day, I wasn’t the best footballer, but I was the best goalscorer for two or three years.
Playing in a big tournament is one of the biggest things for a professional footballer.
In any footballer’s head there comes a point where he recognises that he needs to be playing more games.
I am from a sports background, and always wanted to become either a cricketer or footballer; in short, just play some sport and represent my country. I got diverted, but the sportsman in me is still alive.
But I’m constantly surprised by the amount of interest in how I look. It’s flattering, but a little weird – at the end of the day, I’m a footballer.
When I went to Real Madrid, I was only 18 or 19 years old. It was my first year as a professional footballer. I was very young.
When you leave a big club and go on loan to a small club in Holland it is not easy. But I am a footballer and I have to be professional about my job.
I played semi-professionally for a season, and there’s an element of performance to being a footballer, stepping onto the pitch: you feel like a gladiator walking into a colosseum.
Callum Turner
I want to be remembered as a great footballer and a great player. When our football days are over, that’s all we are – people.
Andres Iniesta
As a young Scottish footballer growing up – I always used to follow Scotland and watch the games – Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, and Joe Jordan were players I looked up to.
Originally, I wanted a pop career and formed a girl-band ‘Genie Queen‘ managed by Andy McClusky from ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’, but it didn’t work out. My brother John is the talented singer and song-writer with ‘The Razz,’ while my other brother Sean is a footballer for Telford United.
I’m a footballer through and through. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.
Some of my friends said I wouldn’t have a future in football, as did some of my family, but I still believed in the potential I had. My mum would tell me I needed to get a proper job, but for me, I didn’t want to be anything other than a footballer. That led to some tension and frustration between us.
The Champions League is probably the biggest goal a footballer can have.
Being outside on the grass is the easy, enjoyable part of being a footballer.
I like to exchange ideas because we all want to win. If a footballer doesn’t agree, then you try and have a chat to work things out.
If there is ever one thing you learn as a professional footballer, you have a lot of critics and you have the chance to silence your critics.
My time in England is where I have felt truly like a footballer, and I have put my name among the best players. I’m very proud to have played almost 400 games with Liverpool.
Pepe Reina
Dybala only lacks the belief that he is a great footballer. After his great experience at Palermo he had a great start with Juve and he did beautiful things.
To be a footballer was just a dream, and I don’t believe in dreams. I only deal in what is real. To be honest, I’ve never thought about what I could get out of football or where it would take me. I just wanted to play. I’m the same now.
I was brought up correctly and in the right way, and my parents are very proud of the fact that I am a professional footballer.
In my opinion, there is no better place to be for a footballer than Liverpool.
As a footballer you’re committed to play for the badge, train alongside fantastic players daily and compete against some of the game’s best every weekend. What more can you ask for.
At a club like City, there are things in the papers and talk all the time. Ever since I’ve been a footballer, I have coped with that.
My mum and dad always knew that my dream was to be a footballer, but they also warned me that it doesn’t always work out.
They’re great memories, not just as a footballer but as a person growing up – it sounds daft, but to come away from Liverpool to play the first-team football I needed. It’s a fantastic place, a huge football club and they helped me a lot. I’m grateful for coming through there.
I play football and I want to be considered as a footballer.
I think it’s all about confidence and having a regular run in the team. The rest takes care of itself; a footballer never forgets how to play football, and I’m convinced that game time, matches, was all I needed because, ultimately, no one forgets how to score goals.
If I wasn’t a footballer, I don’t know what I would have been. But that was through sheer determination, a good family and lots of luck.
Dion Dublin
I never saw myself as a women’s footballer. Not when I was in my tiny village in Norway. Not when I was suffering in Germany. Not when I finally made it to Lyon.
I think, at 32, you are past your prime as a footballer.
Playing with the boys made me a better footballer. It m

Playing with the boys made me a better footballer. It made me more competitive and made me want to win even more. You were playing against the boys and wanted to prove how good you were.
For me, the best thing about being a footballer is that indescribable feeling when you are on a pitch doing your job. I don’t know what to say – it’s what I love.
I take compliments and I take constructive criticism. Not everyone loves you. It’s the way you react as a footballer. I use it all to make me play better.
This is madness – when a single footballer is more expensive than building a hospital or school, the transfer market has lost its marbles.
He’s an incredible person. Messi is not simply a uniquely talented footballer. He’s also strong mentally, very bright, and exceptionally dedicated to his job. Personally speaking, I enjoy watching him play, and I’m deeply proud of him and what he has achieved. Quite simply, he’s the best.
I understand football’s changing and I’m evolving with it but stats are stats. You can run 15km if you like but I’m a footballer.
I have never imagined doing anything other than football, but now, thinking about it coldly, if I hadn’t been a footballer, I would have been a musician.
Let me be clear: I am sick of having to criticise the club which I gave my life to as a footballer.
How does it feel? Really, I don’t know because I never try to feel more or less than any player in Leverkusen or Mexico. I don’t feel like I’m more famous than other players; I’m just one more footballer who wants to achieve their dreams and to try to help their team as much as they can to do that.
This is what you dream about as a footballer: playing with the best and against the best in Europe.
From United’s point of view, it is always difficult to tell just when a young footballer is going to mature into a first-class professional ready to play at the highest level, but the story of how Pogba slipped away from United has more than one strand to it.
Mark Hughes really believes in me, he makes me feel as though I’m a great footballer.
At the end of the day, I’m a footballer who has played at some of the biggest football clubs in the world and played with some of the best players in the world.
A footballer isn’t a devil or a saint.
In my head, I was like any young kid: ‘I’m going to be a footballer.’ But at the same time, my mum and dad were making me do my schoolwork, and that was important.
I was inspired by players like Pepe or Sergio Ramos because they are defenders and by someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is an example for any footballer.
If you want to make your mark as a footballer, you think England, Germany, Italy, Spain. Maybe France or Holland. But not China, not the Middle East.
There is something about a cup final that brings out a different quality in a footballer. Do they have the courage to win a one-off match?
As a footballer, everything you’ve achieved can easily be lost, and then you are nobody. That’s just how life is, and that’s why you shouldn’t let things get you down. That’s the reason I treat every match like a final.
An openly gay footballer would be exposed to abusive comments.
On some occasions, it is every footballer’s dream to play for the national team, but if you don’t reach it, you always need to work harder to reach a higher level, a level you wouldn’t reach if you didn’t have this as a goal.
I have always said you only get one shot in life as a footballer.
More teams are trying to go full-time, so it gives everyone the best chance possible to be the best footballer they can be, which makes it more appealing to fans, because we’re better as we focus solely on the game as our job.
A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsy-turvy view of ‘success.’ Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector?
I feel I have been very lucky. When you are growing up, you have dreams of being a footballer, perhaps even playing for the club you support, and I am living that dream.
My Dad is finally proud of me. He always wanted me to be a footballer. He is a football hooligan, a true obsessive, if I had been born on match day he would not have been at the hospital, so for me to be able to at least pretend to be a footballer, means I’m finally allowed home at Christmas.
Everyone was a footballer in my family. My grandfather Wilf played for Newcastle and my cousins play. It’s in the blood.
People don’t understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface – all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
Removing myself as a footballer, I watch the Premier League. It’s a great league. Fantastic football is played in it.
Yes, I went through overt racism as a footballer in the 80s and early 90s but that was, or is, nothing compared to what the average black person in the inner cities of England goes through every day.
You know a dog loves you for who you are; they don’t know if you’re a soccer player or not. Sometimes people treat you good because you’re a footballer or because you’re famous, but a dog doesn’t know it.
Moise Kean looks like a very good footballer with a lot

Moise Kean looks like a very good footballer with a lot of different qualities.
But when you are an injured footballer, especially when you are out for as long as I was, you find out all about the dark side of the game.
Many clubs rejected me, but I wanted to be a footballer and to learn as quickly as possible, so I persisted until I got into Real Sociedad when I was 13.
A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he’s just as good as everybody else.
John B. Keane
Not all things always go your way and you have to accept that. That’s what you are going to get as a footballer.
A footballer who says they don’t want to start games is in the wrong job.
I’ve played football with George Best, the greatest footballer that ever lived. That doesn’t make me a footballer. And I’ve sung a duet with Pavarotti. That doesn’t make me an opera singer. I can write and I have a story to tell, but I’m not going to make a career out of it.
I was always clear in my mind what I wanted to do. Becoming a footballer is a dream that is unattainable for most people. We were told that out of maybe a thousand kids, only one would make it as a player, but I worked hard and kept fighting for my dream.
I’m quite unfit. It’s the motivation that’s the problem, I need a goal. When I was a professional footballer I trained every day because I had to.
Ever since I was six or seven, I wanted to be a professional footballer.
I’m a footballer, not a pundit.
I am a special footballer, and I need to be happy when I’m playing.
Dagenham offered me a two-year opportunity really. It wasn’t a pro deal, just a chance to impress. I was sent out on loan straight away. I got a professional contract on the back of that and it wasn’t until I started scoring in League Two that I actually realized, ‘I’m professional footballer.’
I wanted to be the best footballer I could be and also in the best shape possible.
The first time I watched a World Cup game was in 2002. That was the first time Senegal had ever qualified for the World Cup, and it was great moment that I will never forget in my life. I was ten years old at the time, and that experience of watching my country in a World Cup is what inspired me to become a footballer.
My brother was an avid Stoke City fan and a good footballer. We shared a room, growing up, and the walls were covered with 1970s Stoke players, like Peter Shilton, Gordon Banks, and Jimmy Greenhoff.
Of course I want to keep playing; that’s the best thing for any footballer. But I’m looking forward to not having to put my body through the pain, I have to say.
I remember watching a ‘Big Brothercontestant saying that she wanted to be a footballer’s wife. I thought, ‘What is the world coming to?’
If you ask any footballer, if you haven‘t won a game all season you’re not going to be confident.
Lee Cattermole
It’s hard to say you’re struggling if you’re a professional footballer. Other people have far greater problems.
I’m very privileged to be a professional footballer, and I want to encourage more young girls to play.
We always talk about experience and maturing, the best thing that can happen to a footballer is the game slows down for them. All of a sudden, they can see things, they can see passes, they can see space, the whole game opens up for them.
All I dreamed of when I became a footballer was to play for a club as big as Real Madrid. It’s maybe the most famous and best club in the history of football.
Maybe some people look at me and just see a footballer, or a black footballer. But I am much more than this. I tell my best friends all the time, ‘If you look at me as a footballer, and not as Little Kouli, and not as your friend, then I have failed in life.’
I hope that people will remember me as a special footballer.
For a footballer, not playing is like a fish not being in the water.
I want to work with kids and help develop them, show them the right way, the right morals and attitude into how to become a better footballer. Australia has many different cultures but I’d like to bring in the indigenous style, bring their competitiveness, athleticism and raw ability into the frame.
Behind the footballer, there is a human being.
I’m a street footballer. I’m hardcore. Growing up in east London, you’ve got to be a little bit self-confident. As a player, I would go into detail, watch who I was playing against. Who might come into my vicinity. That gives you self-confidence.
I don’t believe that there’s a footballer out there that only thinks about football.
I’m very proud of ‘Gavin and Stacey,’ but I think I have to write something else even to start to consider myself a writer. Just because you do something once, it doesn’t mean that’s who you are. I played football last night; it doesn’t mean I’m a footballer.
As a footballer, you always want to test yourself again

As a footballer, you always want to test yourself against the best.
I only ever wanted to be a footballer.
It is special to play alongside the best footballer in the world.
I had an opportunity to play for Paris St-Germain when I was younger and it’s important for me to represent a club with that amount of history because of the type of footballer I am.
The reason Ozil has as many detractors as supporters is he is a bit of an anomaly – an elegant, skilful footballer who at his best evokes memories of the great number 10s from the past, but sometimes looks unsuited to the extra demands of a changing game at the very top.
After winning the World Cup and the European Footballer of the Year award too, I do not think I can ask for anything else.
When you’re growing up and thinking about being a footballer, you want to make as many caps and play as many games as you can.
As a footballer, if you work hard, then everything else falls into place.
I went to Japan to experience a new culture, and I would recommend that any footballer does that. But the main reason I went was to play football.
Of course I know I am not the average footballer. But I’d be lying if I said I set out to be different, I didn’t set out to go against the grain.
It’s not easy to be a footballer.
My dream was to become a footballer, hope to become the best someday. And I worked for it. And I’ll tell you that the work is the magic of success.
The way I look at it, a footballer wouldn’t play in flip-flops or dip their feet in acid and then expect to get to David Beckham’s level. My voice is my living, so I’ll be looking after it.
It’s quite confusing and odd when a footballer, instead of playing, is interested in bringing in players who are his friends.
When you’re playing once and then not playing for six games, I don’t care what any footballer says, you don’t feel involved. You don’t feel part of the team.
Every footballer enjoys having the ball at their feet. There are times in training you find yourself without the ball. I enjoy that side of it as well. If we can spend more time working with the ball then everyone will enjoy it.
Lee Cattermole
Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.
I’ve met lots of footballers like Alan Shearer, David Beckham, and Steven Gerrard. I don’t really get starstruck because I just think they’re another footballer like me; they just get paid a lot more.
To score in the World Cup final is not a small story, of course. Every footballer dreams of it: first to become a world champion and then, even better, to score in the final. This happened to me, and I’m glad.
Guardiola improved me a lot as a footballer. He taught me a lot of things, and that’s why, in every interview I’m asked, I always say the same thing: He is the best manager that I have worked with.
If you are a banker… you can do that for all your life, but if you are a footballer once you hit your mid 30s, you have to find something else to do.
Stephan Lichtsteiner
I am a lucky man because when I was young, I wanted to be a footballer. Suddenly, around 30 years old, I thought, ‘I want to try to be a manager because it’s different.’
Every footballer wants to play forever. And if you are going to keep on playing – to enjoy it to the full – you want to win games, and as a result, trophies.
Messi is as famous as any footballer has ever been, and yet, when it comes down to it, we don’t know much about him. I read that he is a family man and likes to walk his dogs, but beyond that, he’s a mystery, really. I like that.
I can see when people’s minds are wrong. You can see when a footballer’s going to miss a penalty.
As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground. But I don’t think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football.
The evolution of football has seen a reduction in the space between the teams. It is therefore important for the modern footballer to react and be quicker than in the past, because there is more happening in the restricted space.
Mohamed Salah is the best footballer in the world and an overall perfect person.
We all like a party but when that ‘becomes the main feature of your lifestyle as a footballer, I haven’t got time for that.
When I was at Inter, Ronaldo was the player who trained less than anyone else, because he was the best footballer in the world and it is indeed true that we went back home at 5-6 AM.
Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England, they call him ‘The Magician.’ He made his decision to join Barcelona, but every time we meet and play for the Selecao, we have a good chat and maintain that friendship. He is an exceptional guy and one of the best friends football has given me.
As a footballer, you're stuck in a uniform - either in

As a footballer, you’re stuck in a uniform – either in team kit or a team suit. I don’t really get to show my personality in my job, so style is a chance to show people part of me they don’t often see.
I did ‘Footballer’s Wives‘ for two-and-a-half seasons and I asked to be written out.
There is pressure every day as a footballer.
I want to be a footballer – and that means playing on a Saturday afternoon.
Charlie Adam
I look at Messi, and he makes me laugh. A beautiful footballer who is still like a kid. A world superstar, but still a kid. Innocent, you know. He just plays.
I have always believed in myself. As a footballer, it is essential to have that belief.
If you’re a footballer there will be certain silly people in the world who try to set you down. But just focus on your football.
When I was about 12, I realised I wasn’t going to make it as a top footballer, but I won my first British ABA title at 13. From then on, I wanted to be a world champion.
The dream of every footballer and why we train and work is to reach the top, and a World Cup is the top.
Giovani Dos Santos
I have changed quite a lot since I came to Milan and I think I have become a more all-round footballer.
Being a Muslim is more important than me being a footballer. A good Muslim is a good person, so I try to be a good person. I just live the way I want to live.
There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen – me or Pele. Everyone would say me.
As a footballer, I know I am a role model for a lot of African kids, and I want to make a direct impact on their lives.
I’m a role model as a footballer and not as a politician. I want to see myself as a footballer. People respect me for my performances. That’s why they support me, and I’m very thankful for that. But I’m not a politician.
When I signed that USL contract, my perspective changed on me being a professional footballer. That was my goal ever since I was young. I never thought I could achieve it, but that’s when it clicked in my head that I can really go far in the sport.
As a player, you want to win everything as much as you can. If you’re a footballer, you’re a winner. When you then step up to the first team and you win something with them, that feeling is multiplied massively because you’re at the top of the club and now you’re winning so you want it more and more.
If I’d had the choice when I was 14, and someone had said to me, ‘You can either be a footballer or an actor,’ I’d have said: ‘Well, can’t I be a footballing actor?’
When you become a professional footballer, there’s no written contract that says you have to strive to play first-team football.
The footballer I’ve admired most in the last ten years is Zinedine Zidane… one of those rare individuals who had the skill but also incredible vision.
There are two metaphors for Mario the person and not Mario the footballer. I think I am a man, but I don’t believe I need to say it. But I could also be Peter Pan because I do things my own way and I am free. So, yes, maybe I should say that I am Peter Pan – although I am much more of a man.
I work on my speed and strength every day, and I do a lot of work on my first five yards. For a footballer, that’s really important.
Like every Brazilian child, I always wanted to be a footballer.
The odds are stacked against you becoming a footballer, so my family made sure I always had a backup plan.
Every footballer has his ups and downs.
It’s unbelievable what the rewards are like with being a footballer, but I’m not stupid – I don’t go around flaunting it.
But the concept that it’s important to understand the individual and the person, as well as the footballer, is a helpful concept, regardless of the competition.
I think having a back-up plan is never a bad thing. I would hate to be a male footballer and look back on 15 years of my career and think, ‘Oh well, I’ve got a lot a money but what now?’
Sometimes when you come every day to training you can’t realise how big it is to be a footballer.
I’m a footballer; I want a football club.
As a footballer I know what I’m good at and I’ve now embraced it.
Sitting idle at home is the most painful experience for a footballer.
It's true that the atmosphere here is quite different f

It’s true that the atmosphere here is quite different from the one in France. People live and breathe football here, and that’s what I like. Every footballer wants to play in the Premier League.
My dad was a professional footballer before I was alive. When I was growing up, he was the one who coached and mentored me and helped me to become what I am today. Without his coaching and without his insight and the days and the hours that he put in with me, I wouldn’t be the player that I am today.
Good players can do well everywhere and Soldado is a good footballer.
I was born a footballer. Before I could walk, I was chasing balls.
You have got to get to know people, and moving down to Liverpool from the North East was a huge change for me. But, at the same time, you have just got to get on with it, and that is part and parcel of being a footballer.
I’ve got no interest in football. My brother’s a footballer, too, and I was dragged to the freezing pitch every week as a child. I don’t see much glamour in it.
If I wasn’t a footballer, I definitely would have been a chauffer because that is my father’s profession and he’s a person I aspire to and admire. I wanted to follow in his footsteps as a man.
I thought I was going to be a footballer or a boxer or something like that – I was into sports.
When you are a footballer, you eat, sleep, and breathe football. If I have a bad training session, I can go home and do whatever I want, but you still feel an emptiness.
The way I look at it, a footballer wouldn’t play in flip-flops or dip their feet in acid and then expect to get to David Beckham’s level. My voice is my living, so I’ll be looking after it.
When you are a successful footballer, you get put on a pedestal. You are the person your friends and family look up to, and they do not know how to approach you when things are going wrong, even when you just need someone to reach out to you and ask you if you are all right.
My father was a genius footballer, a natural, two-footed centre-forward who had played for Arsenal juniors, but he was sent out to work aged 14 and so lived out his life in a frustrated, rageful way.