The Greatest Football Quotes Of All Time (Definitive List)

Let this collection of football quotes remind us why it is truly a beautiful game.

As the most popular game on the planet, it is said that football has the power to unite people of all ages, races, genders, cultures, and nationalities together, and this is never more true than during the World Cup

It is the most played and viewed sport in the world, and as a result, the World Cup is one of the most-awaited sporting events (with only the Olympics rivaling it in terms of popularity).

To help you remember why football is truly a beautiful game, we searched all around to gather some powerful football quotes. 

This compilation of football quotes features insightful remarks from players, managers, and fans about the game. Some mention the value of working diligently, some emphasize the importance of simply giving it their all, and nearly of them reflect on the depth of the game. 

Top Football Quotes That Showcase The Universality Of the Sport

There are many noteworthy statements about football from players, coaches, and commentators. Here are a few of the most well-known football quotes:


“Football is great because you always have another opportunity to change history.” — Ronaldo

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“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” — Gary Lineker

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“Football is about joy. It’s about dribbling. I favour every idea that makes the game beautiful. Every good idea has to last.” — Ronaldinho

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“Football is the most important of the less important things in the world.” — Carlo Ancelotti

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“I do not play football to win the Ballon d’Or. I play football to be happy, because I love it and want to play football.” — Neymar

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“When there is a World Cup the world stops, the country stops, everyone is hugging each other, whether old or young, everyone stops just to enjoy the football.” — Hulk

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“Football fans share a universal language that cuts across many cultures and many personality types. A serious football fan is never alone. We are legion, and football is often the only thing we have in common.” — Hunter S. Thompson 

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“In football, even when you do your best on the pitch, you can win or lose. That is the nature of the game.” — Gianfranco Zola

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“You cannot win a game of football on your own; it’s about the entire squad working together to achieve something. That’s how football works: it has always been about the group, not the individual.” — Lucy Bronze

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“Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.” — Johan Cruyff

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“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.” — Lionel Messi

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Best Inspirational Football Quotes

If you’re looking for some game-day inspiration, read through these inspirational football quotes.


“Football is an art, like dancing is an art – but only when it’s well done does it become an art.” — Arsene Wenger

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“Loyalty is a big part of football, and it shows if you are a real man or not.” — Jack Wilshere

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“In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting – a legacy.” — Xavi

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“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” — Pelé

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“Football is played with your head. Your feet are just the tools.” — Andrea Pirlo

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Short And To-The-Point Football Quotes

Looking for a short and simple way to express your feelings regarding the football game?

Get out your notebook and pen and start writing down your best quotes from the following. 


“Without football, my life is worth nothing.” —  Cristiano Ronaldo 

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“Football is unconditional love.” — Tom Brady

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“Fear doesn’t exist in football, especially for Real Madrid.” — Luka Modric

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“Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.” — Jose Mourinho

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“The most difficult thing in football is to score a goal.” — Pep Guardiola

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“Football is like war. It’s about taking territory.” — Condoleezza Rice

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“Football is the ballet of the masses.” – Dmitri Shostakovich

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The Wrap-Up!

We hope you like this collection of some of the best and most inspiring football quotes, and these quotes pumped your next important game.

Don’t skip reading our article on 30 Female Athlete Quotes To Remind Of The Power Of Women In Athletics.

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Paul Smith recently completed his first 100 mile ultra, graduating to the field after discovering running in 2014 and getting hooked on 5k's and 10k's.

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