The 18 Best Soccer Quotes Of All Time

Football is full of crazy characters, some more crazy than others, as the best soccer quotes ever illustrate. But what often makes a player or manager unique is the way in which they deal with the media. Some are very receptive, while others are not so much. 

From a player or manager interacting with the media, or any other people really, they gift us some brilliant quotes. Whether it be about the game, a player, or even the journalist themselves, players and managers are never short when it comes to delivering an all-time quote.

Here’s our pick of the 18 best soccer quotes of all time.

The 18 Best Soccer Quotes Of All Time


Mario Balotelli on one of his rather interesting views on life:

“When I score, I don’t celebrate because it’s my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?”


Literally anything from Michael Owen, but this one takes the cake:

“Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.”


Alan Hansen on Sir Alex Ferguson’s use of young players, but he’s eating his words today:

“You can’t win anything with kids.”


Mark Viduka:

“I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.”


Gordon Strachan on Wayne Rooney’s meteoric rise as a young footballer:

“It’s an incredible rise to stardom. At 17 you’re more likely to get a call from Michael Jackson than Sven Goran Eriksson.”


Cristiano Ronaldo on what motivates him:

“Your love makes me strong. Your hate makes me unstoppable.”


Ruud Gullit on why he probably needs to go back to learn basic mathematics:

“We must have had 99% of the game. It was the other 3% that cost us the match.”


Claudio Ranieri on his promise to his players:

“I told them, if you keep a clean sheet, I’ll buy pizza for everybody.”


Steven Gerrard after defeating Manchester City, but a hilarious foreshadowing of what was to come against Chelsea:

“This does not f*****g slip now. This does not f*****g slip. Listen. Listen. This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again. Come on!”


Roy Keane on his style of play:

“Aggression is what I do. I go to war. You don’t contest football matches in a reasonable state of mind.”


Brazilian Ronaldo on his younger days:

“Every time I went away I was deceiving my mom. I’d tell her I was going to school but I’d be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.”


Pep Guardiola:

“That’s the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.”


Zlatan is full of some of the most entertaining quotes in soccer, but this one will surely hang over the head of Arsene Wenger for eternity:

“Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”


Jose Mourinho when he first arrived at Chelsea from Porto:

“Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one.”


John Lambie on Partick Thistle striker Colin McGlashan being concussed and not knowing who he was:

“Tell him he’s Pele and get him back on.”


Marcelo Bielsa on how people perceive his tactics:

“A man with new ideas is a madman, until his ideas triumph.”


Bill Shankly on the beautiful game as a whole:

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.”


Kevin Keegan’s infamous post-match interview after beating Leeds 1-0 and addressing Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments toward him:

“But I’ll tell you, you can tell him now if you’re watching it, we’re sill fighting for this title, and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something, and … and … I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.”

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