Soccer-related citations by the Brazilian player Pele, born on 23rd October 1940
When football stars disappear, so do the teams, and that is a very curious phenomenon. It is like in the theater, in a play, where there is a great star. If the star is not well, the whole cast suffers.
His left foot is fantastic. It's like Mozart. God gave Freddy the gift to play soccer. If he is prepared mentally and physically, nobody will stop him.
on Freddy Adu
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.
Totti is the best player in the world. He has just been a little unlucky in the past.
I think he'll reach 1000 goals, but he'll never overtake my total.
on 40-year old Romario
Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.
Everything is practice.
A penalty is a cowardly way to score.
For 20 years they have asked me the same question, who is the greatest? Pele or Maradona? I replay that all you have to do is look at the facts - how many goals did he score with his right foot or with his head?
He is the greatest player in the world right now, without a doubt, he is the player who gives Brazilians the most joy.
on Ronaldinho

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