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 there is such a thing as a 'born' soccer player. Perhaps you are born with certain skills and talents, but quite frankly it seems impossible to me that one is actually born to be an ace soccer player
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
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 rules of soccer are very simple: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.
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.
In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.
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.
A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.
I was surprised, but I always say nothing surprises me in football.
When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started...
If a team intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won.
Alex Ferguson is the best manager I've ever had at this level. Well, he's the only manager I've actually had at this level. But he's the best manager I've ever had.
I do not believe there is such a thing as a God.
Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
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.
The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.
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.
Sometimes in football you have to score goals.
When I was ten, I wrote an essay on what I would be when I grew up and said I would be a professional soccer player and a comedian in off season.
I couldn't settle in Italy - it was like living in a foreign country.
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