If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they’ve won.
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.
Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.
The vision of a champion is someone bent over, drenched in sweat, to a point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
Whoever invented football should be worshipped as a God.
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.
Give me the ball. I will make it happen.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Even when I went to the playground, I never picked the best players. I picked the ones
with less talent, but who were willing to work hard and put in the effort, who had the
desire to be great.
Don’t be a player who only starts to rev up and try hard when her team has the ball. Be the kind of player who is relentless on defense as well as incredibly mobile on the active attack.
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 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.
A champion is someone who does not settle for that day’s practice, that day’s competition, that day’s performance. They are always striving to be better. They don’t live in the past.
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
It’s why we play the game. Anything is possible, anything can happen, and we proved that again tonight.