This collection of (serious) quotes is about football / soccer.
"Football is the most important of the unimportant things in life"
"Whatever happens, there are always things you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have scored a third. That's perfectionism. That's what makes you progress in life."
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
"Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man."
"I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball."
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. "
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching"
“I was always taught as a kid if you do something, do it right. If not, go do something else. For me, soccer was life.”
"If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won."
"An artist in my eyes, is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970 and the poetry of the young Rimbaud, who stretches cords from steeple to steeple and garlands from window to window. There is in each of these human manifestations an expression of beauty which touches us and gives us a feeling of eternity."
"A champion is someone who does not settle for that day's practice, that day's competition, that day's performance. They are always striving to be better. They don't live in the past."
“I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in life, and that's playing football. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time.”
"Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player."