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.
Without football, my life is worth nothing.
At a football club, there's a holy trinity - the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don't come into it. They are only there to sign the checks.
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.
If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.
Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
You can have the top stars to bring the attention, you can have the best stadium, you can have the best facilities, you can have the most beautiful project in terms of marketing and all this kind of thing. But if you don't win... All the work these people are doing is forgotten.
Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.
In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.
Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.
When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started...
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 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.
If a team intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won.
In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything.
Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
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.
The rules of soccer are very simple: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.
Italians can't win the game against you, but you can lose the game against the Italians.
The team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
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.
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