Top 10 Inspirational Soccer Quotes from Famous Soccer Players

I just wanted to take a moment to share some inspiring and thought-provoking quotes about soccer with you fromThese are the people we consider to be the best soccer players in the world (not just goalkeepers).

The Best Inspirational Soccer Quotes

It’s easy to find yourself losing hope or motivation in difficult times. Particularly when it comes to a hard training regimen. But, I want YOU to be inspired by THEIR words to continue your training. I’m also hoping you might find something educational in this post that it will help you with your training and in your matches.

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    (*10*) ““As a goalkeeper you need to be good at organizing the people in front of you and motivating them. You must be able to spot the dangers and respond to them. Just like a good manager in business.” – Peter Shilton, England Goalkeeper who famously suffered Maradona’s “Hand of God” in the 1986 World Cup

    (*10*) “Talent without working hard is nothing.” – Cristiano Ronaldo – Portuguese international player (2001 – present)When you’re feeling like you aren’t good enough, just remember that no matter how naturally talented you are, or aren’t – there is no substitute for hard work. Think of a tortoise against a hare. The hare believed he was faster and more skilled than the tortoise, and became arrogant. While the tortoise understood that he needed to work harder, he won the race.

    (*10*) “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.” – Pelé – Brazil international player (1957-1971)This is a powerful quote, and it really resonates with me. Passion and enthusiasm must be a part of what you do. Otherwise, you won’t put in the hard work required to be one of the best.

    (*10*) “In football (soccer), the result is an impostor. It is possible to do things very, really well and not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting – a legacy.” Xavi – Spain International Player (2000-2014)Remember that whilst individual games are important, it’s all about how consistent you are as a player or goalkeeper that matters. You might make mistakes. fromEverybody does from time to time. Everyone does. Keep your head up and try your best. This is particularly important for goalkeepers, who often take the blame when they lose a game. This leads to the next quote…

    (*10*) “Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That’s the nature of being a goalkeeper.”Gary Speed – Welsh International player (1990-04)It’s the very essence of being a goalkeeper – You are keeping balls fromYou have crossed the line. However, no historical keeper has kept a clean sheet. Just remember to bring your best game face into each training session.

    (*10*) “If you’re a goalkeeper, it doesn’t matter what you save the ball with- if you keep it out, it’s not a goal.”Mark Lawrenson – Republic of Ireland International Player (1977-1987). / Professional soccer commentator.There’s a LOT of theory about how to be the best goalkeeper. It is important to practice drills. Yes, they are. But at the end of the day if the ball doesn’t go over the line, you’ve done your job. You can do it!

    (*10*) “The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself.” – Neymar – Brazil international player (2009 – present)This is a super important point. SoccerLike many other things, it is a mental game. Keep the belief that you can do it and act accordingly. Train hard, take advantage of every opportunity and practice as much as possible. It’s a daily struggle but that’s what it takes to join the ranks of the most prestigious soccer players.

    (*10*) “In football (soccer), the worst blindness is only seeing the ball.” – Nelson Falcão Rodrigues – Sports Commentator 1960s & 70sOne of the biggest mistakes goalkeepers make is to focus too much on the ball, rather than the attacking players. You have to build up your situational awareness so that you aren’t surprised by a last minute cross or a great pass. This is part your job as a goalkeeper.

    (*10*) “I think sometimes the best training is to rest.” – Cristiano Ronaldo – Portuguese international player (2001 – present)You might not believe this, but it is important to RESIST as much as you train. It is important to allow your body to recover and repair itself. In order to perform at your best when you are out on that pitch, you must allow your mind to rest and get enough sleep. It’s easy to get burnt out and you will suffer for it in the end.

    (*10*) “I think I chose wisely. When it came down to it, I knew I was a better goalkeeper than I was a bowler.”David Seaman, England International Goalkeeper (1988-1902)This is perhaps the most moving quote in this entire post. This is about making sacrifices. If you want to make it to the top (and you’re serious about it) there will be things that you have to sacrifice – hobbies, video games, etc. It’s up to you to decide if that sacrifice is worth achieving your goals (and also potentially not achieving them).

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