Football Quotes: Motivational & Famous

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In this carefully curated collection, we invite you to embark on a journey through the passionate, humorous, and poignant world of soccer, where the beautiful game is not just played on the field but resonates in the hearts and minds of players, coaches, and fans alike. You can bet your rates 4RaBet right now for soccer matches. 

We’ve gathered a diverse array of quotes that capture the essence of soccer – from the exhilarating highs of victory to the heart-wrenching lows of defeat. Whether you’re seeking inspiration to fuel your soccer journey, a chuckle to lighten the mood or a poignant reflection on the emotional rollercoaster that is the world’s most beloved sport, this collection has something for everyone.

Our carefully selected quotes span the spectrum of emotions and experiences, mirroring the rich tapestry of soccer culture. From legendary players and iconic coaches to witty observers and those who’ve tasted the bittersweetness of the game, these quotes encapsulate the universal truths and unique moments that make soccer more than just a sport—it’s a way of life.

Football Motivational Quotes

Professional football is first and foremost a lot of hard work. Therefore, most often famous quotes are dedicated to inspiration for a long path to success.

Football quotes — motivational and inspirational

Reading words like these can give you inspiration and motivation. 

  • “One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.”
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” 
  • “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.”
  • “The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
  • “Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.”
  • “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
  • “Train like you’ve never won; play like you’ve never lost.”
  • “Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”
  • “Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.”
  • “Play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back.”
  • “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
  • “Don’t watch the clock; play like it’s the first minute.”
  • “Success is a journey, not a destination.”
  • “The only shot you miss is the one you don’t take.”
  • “Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your potential.”
  • “Play with your heart; win with your actions.”
  • “The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment.”
  • “Great things never come from comfort zones.”
  • “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • “Teamwork makes the dream work.”
  • “The only limit is the one you set yourself.”
  • “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
  • “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
  • “Champions are made when no one is watching.”
  • “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.”
  • “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Football Funny Quotes

Sport always brings positive emotions to both spectators and athletes. And the most striking manifestation of positive emotions is laughter.

Football quotes — funny and positives

Therefore, here is a selection of funny quotes about football:

  • “I never lose. Either I win, or I learn how to do it better next time.”
  • “I’m not lazy; I’m in energy-saving mode.”
  • “I don’t always play soccer, but when I do, I still don’t know what position I’m playing.”
  • “I’m not short; I’m fun-sized for goalkeeping.”
  • “I only pretend to listen during team talks. I’m just thinking about what to eat after the game.”
  • “My soccer strategy: Kick the ball, hope for the best, and blame the goalie.”
  • “I don’t have a short temper; I just have a quick reaction to nonsense on the field.”
  • “My soccer skills are so fresh; they’re still in the produce section.”
  • “I’m not saying I’m Pele, but have you ever seen us in the same room together?”
  • “My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch. I call it lunch.”
  • “I’m not slow; I’m just making sure everyone gets a good look at my incredible moves.”
  • “I’m not a soccer legend, but I play one in my dreams.”
  • “Why do soccer players do well in school? Because they know how to use their heads.”
  • “Soccer is the only place where ‘injury time’ is a more extended concept than ‘free time’.”
  • “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room got dark.”
  • “I told my teammates I’m a morning person — just after noon.”
  • “My coach told me to have a good game, so I played Minecraft.”

Football Funny Quotes From Famous Players

Very often the players themselves or other team members say funny things. We’ve collected several 10/10s:

  • “If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages.” – Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal fans booed the team following a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough (November 1998).
  • “What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.” – Answering criticism from John Carew that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s moves are pointless.
  • “We lost because we didn’t win.” – Ronaldo on Brazil’s 3-0 defeat to France in the 1998 World Cup final.
  • “We didn’t underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.” – Bobby Robson after playing Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup.
  • “The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.” – Phil Woosnam, Welsh football player and manager.
  • “Well Kerry, you’re 19 and you’re a lot older than a lot of people younger than yourself.” – Mike Gray.
  • “I’m as happy as I can be, but I’ve been happier.” – Ugo Ehiogu on his happiness.
  • “We must have had 99 percent of the game. It was the other three percent that cost us the match.” – Ruud Gullit following a defeat.
  • “The beauty of Cup football is that Jack always has a chance of beating Goliath.” – Former England Captain Terry Butcher.
  • “It’s an incredible rise to stardom. At 17 you’re more likely to get a call from Michael Jackson than Sven Goran Eriksson.” – Gordon Strachan referring to Wayne Rooney.
  • “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” – Mark Viduka.
  • “You don’t have to have been a horse to be a jockey.” – Arigo Sacchi on being a manager.
  • “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.” – Bill Shankly, Liverpool manager on football.
  • “If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” – Bob Paisley advising his players.
  • “You can’t say my team aren’t winners. They’ve proved that by finishing fourth, third, and second in the last three years.” – Gerard Houllier on Liverpool.
  • “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” – Gary Lineker after losing the 1990 World Cup semi-final to Germany on penalties.
  • “That’s great, tell him he’s Pele and get him back on.” – John Lambie, Patrick Thistle’s manager, when told that his striker did not know who he was after suffering a concussion.

Football Sad Quotes

In football there are not only winners: there is always a losing side.

Football quotes — sad and emotional

And losing is felt even more emotionally than winning. Therefore, players who experience it often speak from the heart:

  • “I don’t understand, we’re a team, right? It’s not all my fault” — Fred retiring from Brazil national team after unsuccessful World Cup. 
  • “By winning the World Cup, we didn’t change the world, we didn’t bring down the price of bread. It was a lovely thought that football players can solve people’s problems; I wish we could. We’d all be better off.” — Diego Maradona after 1986 World Cup
  • “It feels like the end of the world. At that moment, as the final whistle blew, I realized we had lost not just a game, but a chance at history.” — Cristiano Ronaldo, reflecting on Portugal’s loss in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • “The tears flowed freely that night because the pitch had been our battlefield, and we had given everything. Losing in the finals is like having your heart ripped out on live television.” — Lionel Messi, after Argentina’s defeat in the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
  • “Football is my passion, but that night, the agony of defeat consumed me. It was more than a game; it was a dream slipping through our fingers.” — Neymar Jr., recalling Brazil’s devastating loss in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.
  • “In the locker room, the silence was deafening. We had come so close and fought so hard, and yet, the trophy eluded us. It was a bitter pill to swallow.” — Mohamed Salah, reflecting on Liverpool’s loss in the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League final.
  • “The stadium was empty, but the weight of the loss was crushing. It wasn’t just a match; it was a moment that slipped away, and we were left grappling with the harsh reality of what could have been.” — Sergio Ramos, speaking about Real Madrid’s unexpected defeat in a crucial league game.
  • “It is okay. Everything has been said.” are the last words of Robert Enke in his very last interview on German TV, two days before committing suicide.
  • “Life doesn’t end here.” — Andres Escobar after scoring the own goal at World Cup 1994, days before being shot to death in Medellin.
  • “All the fun and joy has gone out of my game. I don’t want this torture anymore.” — Sebastian Deisler

Football Teams Quotes

For many players, especially those who have played for the same team for many years, the team becomes a second family. Within the team, athletes become legends, develop, and win the love of the public and fame. Therefore, many famous football players often speak warmly about their teams.

Football quotes — about teams

For example: 

  • When you put on this shirt, you know that you’ve arrived at the very top. There’s no greater feeling than pulling on the jersey of FC Barcelona.” Lionel Messi (Talking about Barcelona)
  • “Playing for Real Madrid is like being in a dream every day. It’s a club that demands success, and that’s why it’s the best in the world.” Cristiano Ronaldo (Talking about Real Madrid)
  • “There’s something magical about wearing the red shirt of Liverpool. You can feel the weight of history, the passion of the fans, and the responsibility to deliver.” Steven Gerrard (Talking about Liverpool)
  • “Playing for Manchester United is an honor, a privilege. You’re not just a player; you’re a part of something much larger than yourself.” Wayne Rooney (Talking about Manchester United)
  • “Juventus is not just a club; it’s a family. The support, the history, it’s something special that you feel every time you step on the pitch.” Gianluigi Buffon (Talking about Juventus)
  • “AC Milan is not just a football team; it’s a lifestyle. The colors, the culture, it’s a part of who I am.” Paolo Maldini (Talking about AC Milan)
  • “Manchester City has been my home for years now. The club’s vision, the fans, it’s a community that believes in achieving greatness together.” Sergio Agüero (Talking about Manchester City)
  • “When you wear the yellow and black of Borussia Dortmund, you know you’re playing for one of the most passionate sets of fans in the world. It’s electric.” Marco Reus (Talking about Borussia Dortmund)
  • “Paris Saint-Germain is a club on the rise, and being part of this journey is a privilege. The energy, the ambition—it’s contagious.” Neymar Jr. (Talking about Paris Saint-Germain)
  • “Playing for Ajax is like being a part of a footballing academy that never ends. The philosophy, the tradition—it’s a beautiful way to play the game.” Johan Cruyff (Talking about Ajax)

Football Famous Players Quotes

Usually, a lot of the quotes we got from the legendary players. Famous football players utter beautiful, motivating, and inspiring words in interviews, social networks, and documentaries. Here are some of them:

  • “The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.” – Lionel Messi
  • “It’s not about the name on the back of the shirt, it’s about the badge on the front.” – Patrick Viera
  • “I always believed in pushing myself to be the best I could be, and that hard work and determination would pay off. I learned that success in football is not just about talent, but also about putting in the effort to improve every day.” – Thierry Henry
  • “If you’re not prepared to run, don’t play the game.” – Roy Keane
  • “I’d rather fail while trying to be brilliant, than succeed being mediocre.” – Samuel Eto’o.
  • “You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard.” – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • “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.” – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • “I’d rather have a player who was 10% talented and 90% professional than the other way round.” – Carlo Ancelotti
  • “The beautiful game is all about having fun and enjoying yourself. That’s what I try to do every time I step onto the field.” – Ronaldinho
  • “I think soccer is a great game because it brings people together. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what language you speak, soccer unites everyone.” – Marco Van Basten
  • “I once tried to steal a ball from Zinedine Zidane, but he ended up stealing my soul.” – Xabi Alonso
  • “If you don’t concede goals, you won’t lose games.” – Steve Bruce
  • “When I was younger, I was a bit of a hothead on the pitch. But as you get older, you learn to channel that aggression into your play.” – Wayne Rooney
  • “The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.” – Phil Woosnam
  • “It’s not about being the best player, it’s about being the right player.” – Gary Neville
  • ”My goal has always been to be a better player tomorrow than I am today.” – Dani Alves
  • “The most important quality a player can have is not skill, but mentality.” – Jose Mourinho
  • “I don’t believe in luck, I only believe in hard work.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • “I would rather fail with ambition than succeed with nothing.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • “The reason I succeed is because I’ve never been afraid to fail.” – David Beckham
  • “Football is a wonderful game that teaches you how to be a man.” – Zinedine Zidane

Football Coaches Quotes

Bright, apt, and inspiring expressions are uttered not only by football stars.

Football quotes from the coaches

For wisdom you need to turn to those who raise legends: coaches. Here are some quotes from famous football coaches:

Coach nameQuoteThe situation, when he said those words
Pele“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”Offering motivational words on overcoming challenges in football
Pele“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.”Highlighting the dedication required for success in football
Paul “Bear” Bryant“It’s not the will to win that matters — everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”Underlining the significance of preparation in football
Johan Cruyff“Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.”Emphasizing the importance of minimizing errors in the game.
Johan Cruyff“Football is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.”Expressing the challenge of maintaining simplicity in the complex sport of football
Johan Cruyff“Football is a sport you play with your brain.”Emphasizing the intellectual aspect of the game
Sepp Herberger“The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.”Acknowledging the unpredictable nature of football
Kyle Rote“If you’re attacking, you don’t get as tired as when you’re chasing.”Emphasizing the importance of controlling the game through proactive play
Marcello Lippi“The most important thing about football is that it is not about one or two or three-star players. The star is the team.”Emphasizing the collective effort and teamwork required for success in football
Jurgen Klopp“I’m a firm believer that you don’t necessarily need to have the best players. You need to have the players who want to become the best.”Throughout his coaching career, especially at Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool
Vince Lombardi“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”Lombardi’s wisdom is timeless and applies to various aspects of life, not just sports
Sir Alex Ferguson“Success is no guarantee of future success. You have to work harder when you’re on top than when you’re on the bottom.”Throughout his managerial career, especially at Manchester United
Jose Mourinho“I am not a magician. The magic is in the player. I have lots of faith in my players.”Various occasions during his managerial career
Bill Shankly“Football is a simple game. Complicated by people who should know better.”Shankly’s time as the manager of Liverpool FC
Pep Guardiola“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.”Throughout his coaching career
Louis van Gaal“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”Various occasions during his coaching career

Football Quotes For Situations

If you want to express yourself beautifully about a significant event in the life of your favorite team, here is a selection of soccer quotes for different situations, from loss to victory.

For Winning

Victory in a half, a match, or a tournament is always a flurry of emotions, joy, and happiness.

Football quotes for the winning celebration

There are many suitable quotes for such a case:

  • “Victory is the sweetest melody, played by the harmony of hard work and dedication.”
  • “Winning is not just about the score on the board; it’s about the triumph of persistence and teamwork.”
  • “In the dance of triumph, every step is a testament to the dedication it took to get there.”
  • “Champions don’t show up to get everything they want; they show up to give everything they have.”
  • “Success in soccer is not a destination; it’s a journey of countless battles won on the field.”
  • “When you play with heart and skill, victory becomes the applause for your dedication.”
  • “A win is not just a statistic; it’s the echo of every practice, every sprint, and every sacrifice.”
  • “In the end, the trophy is not just a cup; it’s the embodiment of every drop of sweat left on the pitch.”
  • “The taste of victory is made sweeter by the bitter defeats that shaped it.”
  • “When the final whistle blows, and you’re standing tall, it’s the result of every leap, every slide, and every sprint toward success.”
  • “Winning is not about proving others wrong; it’s about proving to yourself what you’re capable of achieving.”
  • “Victory is a canvas painted with the colors of teamwork, dedication, and skill.”
  • “In the book of soccer, every win is a chapter, and the greatest stories are written by those who never gave up.”
  • “The scoreboard only tells part of the story. The real tale is written in the effort, commitment, and passion displayed on the field.”
  • “A win is not the end; it’s the beginning of the next challenge, the next conquest on the journey to greatness.”

For Goals

These phrases capture the exhilaration and enthusiasm that football fans express when their team scores a goal. The spontaneity and emotion in these moments make these catchphrases resonate widely among football enthusiasts.

  • “Cue the confetti, we’ve got a goal!”
  • “Dance like nobody’s watching; celebrate like you just scored!”
  • “Eruption of joy! That’s how you celebrate a goal!”
  • “Pop the champagne; we’ve hit the back of the net!”
  • “Goal-scoring fiesta! Let the celebration begin!”
  • “Raise your voices; the net just felt the thunder!”
  • “Backflip of joy! That goal deserves a perfect 10!”
  • “Goal celebration level: Legendary!”
  • “Unleash the pandemonium! We’ve got a goal!”
  • “Crank up the volume; the goal party has begun!”

When your favorite team scores a goal, you should celebrate with caution. If there is still a lot of time left in the match, the situation may change.

For Losing

You also need to be able to appreciate the bitter taste of defeat.

Football quotes for the posts about losing

Athletes, football fans, and coaches usually approach losses philosophically: yes, today we lost, but we will learn new things from this loss and become stronger for the next match.

Here are the appropriate words to express regret about the score on the scoreboard:

  • “Defeat is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
  • “In loss, find the lessons that victory couldn’t teach you.”
  • “Losing doesn’t define you; it refines you.”
  • “Every setback is a setup for a greater comeback.”
  • “Failure is not falling but refusing to get up.”
  • “Losses are the stepping stones to future victories.”
  • “The scoreboard may say you lost, but the effort says you gave your all.”
  • “Losing challenges you; how you respond defines you.”
  • “Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it without learning from it.”
  • “The taste of defeat is the salt that adds flavor to the triumphs.”
  • “Fall seven times, stand up eight. Each fall is an opportunity to rise stronger.”
  • “Losses are the echoes of future victories; listen and learn.”
  • “In the tunnel of defeat, find the light that guides you to success.”
  • “Losing is a moment, but character endures.”
  • “The road to success is often paved with the bricks of setbacks.”

Short Football Quotes For Instagram

In the era of social networks, emotions from watching a match or playing football are often poured out on Instagram. Therefore, short quotes are needed that convey valuable meaning in a small number of words.

For Lovers

If you are deeply in love with football, you want to shout about this love to the whole world.

Football quotes for the lovers of the football

Well, or at least write about her in the bio on Instagram, or under the next post. Here are words to help you express your attitude toward football:

  • “Football isn’t just a game; it’s my heartbeat on the pitch.”
  • “In a world full of options, I chose football because it chose me first.”
  • “My love for football is like the ball — endless, rolling, and unstoppable.”
  • “Football isn’t just a passion; it’s the rhythm of my soul.”
  • “Some people have a bucket list; I have a football pitch list.”
  • “In the language of my heart, every word is a cheer for football.”
  • “My love for football is like a never-ending match—it goes into extra time and penalties.”
  • “Football is my escape, my joy, my therapy. It’s more than a game; it’s my sanctuary.”
  • “Love may have many forms, but for me, it wears cleats and a jersey.”
  • “I don’t just watch football; I inhale it, feel it, live it.”
  • “Football is the only language my heart truly understands.”
  • “My favorite love story? The one between me and the beautiful game of football.”
  • “A day without football is like a day without oxygen — unthinkable.”
  • “They say home is where the heart is; well, my heart is where the football is.”
  • “Football isn’t just a sport; it’s a love affair that never loses its spark.”
  • “Love is patient, love is kind, and for me, love is the perfect through pass in football.”
  • “The pitch is my canvas, and the ball is my paintbrush. Let’s create art.”
  • “In the symphony of life, football is the melody that makes my heart sing.”
  • “Football is the love letter I keep writing, and the game keeps replying.”
  • “I don’t play football to escape life; I play football to find it in its purest form.”

For Practices (Athletes)

Most likely, you share your achievements on social networks. A beautiful photo needs an equally beautiful quote! For example, one of these:

  • Do you practice soccer? In that case, 
  • “Every setback is a setup for a comeback.”
  • “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
  • “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
  • “Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.”
  • “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
  • “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”
  • “The only limit is your mind.”
  • “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.”
  • “Your only limit is you.”
  • “Success is no accident. It’s hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you’re doing.”
  • “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
  • “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”
  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
  • “Success isn’t given. It’s earned.”
  • “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
  • “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”
  • “Work hard in silence; let success make the noise.”
  • “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
  • “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again.”


In the grand tapestry of football, these collected quotes weave together the passion, triumphs, defeats, and enduring spirit that define the beautiful game.

Football quotes weave together the passion, triumphs, defeats, and enduring spirit that define the beautiful game

From the inspirational echoes of celebrated coaches to the humorous anecdotes shared by players, these quotes encapsulate the universal language spoken by football enthusiasts worldwide. Each phrase resonates with the fervor of fans, the dedication of players, and the indomitable spirit that makes football more than just a sport; it’s a way of life.

As we conclude this collection, let these quotes serve as a timeless testament to the love affair that millions share with football. Whether capturing the sheer joy of a goal, the resilience in the face of defeat, or the unwavering commitment to the game, these quotes encapsulate the myriad emotions that make football a universal language. In the echoes of cheers, the silent nods of coaches, and the laughter shared among fans, one can find the essence of a sport that transcends borders and connects hearts. So, as we revel in the wisdom, humor, and passion captured in these quotes, let’s celebrate the enduring magic of football — the game that inspires, unites, and eternally captures our hearts.

Football Motivational Quotes Video


Who said football is like life?

Football is like life: it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority. It is the quote of Vince Lombardi. 

What is Messi’s motto?

You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it. There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game. Sometimes you have to accept you can’t win all the time.

What did Messi say before winning?

Messi whispered “Puede ser hoy, abu” which translates to “It could be today, Grandma” before Montiel converted his penalty to clinch Argentina’s third World Cup crown.

What is the quote by Karim Benzema?

I don’t need money, and when I do a favor, I expect nothing back. Personally, what goes beyond sport, you have to put to one side. You need the best to win trophies.

What is the most famous soccer quote?

Here are three of the most popular: 
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” Pele. 
“If you want to see the best, you have to do the best.” Zinedine Zidane.
“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.” Ron Greenwood.

What is Mbappe’s quote?

In football, everything is possible, from the moment you work and you believe in your qualities. We must always set the bar high, otherwise, we do not progress. Like the greats, you want to make your own story yourself, and not be a copy of another.

What is Ronaldo famous for saying?

Talent without working hard is nothing. I don’t mind people hating me, because it pushes me. 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.

What did Messi say about Cruyff?

I put him as one of the best players in history, and as a coach, he changed the history of our club,” the defender said, speaking to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) while on international duty. “The fact that we’re here is thanks largely to Johan Cruyff.”

What did Ronaldo say about Messi?

“We are respected throughout the world, that’s the most important thing. He makes his way, I make mine, even if we are playing outside Europe. He has done well, from what I’ve seen, and so have I.