Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
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.
Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.
Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
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.
Football is the ballet of the masses.
Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.
Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. 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.
If a team intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won.
The rules of soccer are very simple: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.
The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything.
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.
In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team.
The team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
I'm here to score a lot of goals. It's my specialty, that's what I've been brought here to do, and I want to score plenty ; like I did with Barcelona. And here, there's every reason to think I can do it.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
Other countries have their history. Uruguay has its football.
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