30 Great Midfielder Quotes


Here is a collection of some of the greatest quotes from Midfielders about football. These quotes express the way they feel and think about the game.

“I’d love to be faster. Physically I’m limited, but I’ve survived by using my head.”

“In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting – a legacy.”

Xavi Hernandez


“I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.”




”In this life you’re either a man or an actor, there’s nothing in between”

“Being a philosopher is to think, seek wisdom and have principles that guide and influence what you do. It’s to give meaning to things, find your way in the world, believe that in the end, in every instance, good will overcome evil even if there’s a bit of suffering along the way.”

“If I look in the mirror when I get up, or before going to bed a night, i see a man of average ugliness…But I also see a man who’s completely happy with the figure staring back at him. Who’s proud of every single second of his past.”


Andrea Pirlo


“Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball. A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn’t move like one who weighs 60. In the playground I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost.”

“If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career.”


Andres Iniesta


“I never do anything half-heartedly. I will continue to work hard and play hard and do everything I can to be successful, whatever I do.”


David Beckham


“When it’s over I just want to be able to look in the mirror and say, ‘Well, you were a half-decent player.”

“Get up. Go to work. Play the game. Get showered. Go home.”


Paul Scholes


“Beauty comes first. Victory is secondary. What matters is joy.”

“Footballers have no educational background and many do not know what’s written in their own contracts. Society must demand that they be educated because they are references to the less favored population.”




“Football is easy when things are going well, but when its not, it becomes the biggest test.”

“All players have ‘ordinary’ periods in their career and it’s hard to explain why. So at these times, its all about self belief, hard work and hopefully you get the break and your form returns.”


Ryan Giggs


“You have got to shoot, otherwise you can’t score.”

“Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.”

“Someone who has juggled the ball in the air during a game, after which four defenders of the opponent get the time to run back, that’s the player people think is great. I say he has to go to a circus.”

“Choose the best player for every position, and you’ll end up not with a strong XI, but with 11 strong 1’s.”

“Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.”

“I always threw the ball in, because then if I got the ball back, I was the only player unmarked.”

“What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster.”

“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average … So, the most important thing is: what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That is what determines wether you’re a good player or not.”

“There is only one ball, so you need to have it.”

“If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible.”

“Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.”

“I find it terrible when talents are rejected based on computer stats. Based on the criteria at Ajax now I would have been rejected. When I was 15, I couldn’t kick a ball 15 meters with my left and maybe 20 with my right. My qualities technique and vision, are not detectable by a computer.”

“Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.”


Johan Cruyff


“After all, it’s not the strongest or the smartest who triumph in the end but those who are willing to adapt”


Pep Guardiola


“To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world.”





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