10 Inspirational Soccer Quotes That Will Kick You In The Balls
Inspiration can come in many forms, and from many places - but sports, and especially soccer - have a certain "persevering in the face of overwhelming odds" flavor to it that makes it an excellent source of motivational quotes.
Recent research has shown soccer to be the #1 most popular sport on Earth, and for good reason. The game is played around the world, is easy to get into, and boasts die-hard fans of the most tenacious variety. Here are 10 of our favorite motivational football quotes to inspire you to greatness.
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"Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable." ~ Cristiano Ronaldo
Born February 1985, Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer, captain of the Portugal national team as well as a forward at the Spanish Club Real Madrid. There's no doubt that Ronaldo's die-hard fan-base helps inspire him to greatness, but according to the player, it is his rivalry with Argentinian player Lionel Messi that is his true motivator.
Women's Soccer Quote
"I would rather be called strong than pretty. I would rather be called muscular than skinny. I would rather be called athletic than beautiful. I would rather be called a soccer player than a girl."
While soccer has traditionally been thought of as a male-dominated sport, the sport is becoming more popular among women, especially in the United States. This motivational soccer quote brings to light the struggles women are facing as soccer players, and the love they are developing for the game.
Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton
"Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence." ~ Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton
Born October 1937, Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time. His career spans an epic journey from playing for Manchester United to being an integral part of the England team winning the World Cup in 1966.
Eduardo Hughes Galeano
"In his life, a man can change wives, political parties or religions but he cannot change his favorite soccer team." ~ Eduardo Hughes Galeano
Born September 1940, Eduardo Hughes Galeano is a famous Uruguayan journalist and an avid soccer fan. His desire to become a soccer player never panned out, but his enthusiasm for the game led him to write many soccer-related pieces, among them Soccer in Sun and Shadow (1995), a historical journey into the game.
"I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." ~ Mia Hamm
Born March 1972, Mia is a retired American professional female soccer player. At one time she also held the record for international goals, beating all male and female players in the history of soccer.