46 Famous Pele Quotes That Will Inspire You

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Pele is a superstar who gave an outstanding performance in the 1958 World Cup. He played professionally in Brazil for two decades, and there he won three World Cups during the route.

Later, he joined the New York Cosmos. And in 1999, he became a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes.

Similarly, he is considered the greatest cocker player of all time by most of his fans as he is in three Brazilian World Cup champion teams. The following quotes by this great player will inspire you to be like him.

Pele on the filed
Pele on the filed

“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.”― Pele

“A lot of people, when a guy scores a lot of goals, think, ‘He’s a great player’ because a goal is very important, but a great player is a player who can do everything on the field. He can do assists, encourage his colleagues, give them confidence to go forward. It is someone who, when a team does not do well, becomes one of the leaders.”― Pele

“I always had a philosophy which I got from my father. He used to say, ‘Listen. God gave to you the gift to play football. This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health, if you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you, but you must be prepared.’”― Pele

“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.”― Pele

“If I pass away one day, I am happy because I tried to do my best. My sport allowed me to do so much because it’s the biggest sport in the world.”― Pele

“Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”― Pele

“Wherever you go, there are three icons that everyone knows: Jesus Christ, Pele, and Coca-Cola.”― Pele

“The bicycle kick is not easy to do.”― Pele

“If you don’t give education to people, it is easy to manipulate them.”― Pele

“You must respect people and work hard to be in shape. And I used to train very hard. When the other players went to the beach after training, I was there kicking the ball.”― Pele

10th of 46 Pele Quotes

“When you are young, you do a lot of stupid things.”― Pele

“I played for Santos at 16, and we had an excellent team, so it helped a lot. And then I played for Brazil at the Maracana against Argentina. So I get more experience. This was one year before the World Cup, and it made a lot of difference.”― Pele

Pele quotes on success
Pele quotes on success

“The first World Cup I remember was in the 1950 when I was 9 or 10 years old. My father was a soccer player, and there was a big party, and when Brazil lost to Uruguay, I saw my father crying.”― Pele

“The bicycle kick is not easy to do. I scored 1,283 goals, and only two or three were bicycle kicks.”― Pele

“Everything is practice.”― Pele

“I don’t think I’m a very good businessman. I act too much with my heart.”― Pele

“Sport is something that is very inspirational for young people.”― Pele

“Everything on earth is a game. A passing thing. We all end up dead. We all end up the same, don’t we?”― Pele

“Brazil eats, sleeps, and drinks football. It lives football!”― Pele

20th of 46 Pele Quotes

“Edson is the person that supports Pele. Edson is the base. Pele just comes and adds the face.”― Pele

“The level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world.”― Pele

“To be a striker, you need to be in good shape.”― Pele

“The World Cup is a very complicated tournament – six games, seven if you make it to the final – and maybe if you lose one game you’re out, even if you’re the best.”― Pele

“The World Cup is a very important way to measure the good players, and the great ones. It is a test of a great player.”― Pele

“Brazil’s always had great players, both at home and abroad, but we need to put all that talent together and mould a team out of it.”― Pele

“I’ve come to accept that the life of a frontrunner is a hard one, that he will suffer more injuries than most men and that many of these injuries will not be accidental.”― Pele

Pele with Lionel Messi
Pele with Lionel Messi

“I have to trust something that gives me power; I have to believe in something, but in my career, I have a lot of moments I cannot explain with God.”― Pele

“I always think that I would have become an actor if I hadn’t been a soccer player.”― Pele

Lionel Messi is a wonderful player. Very skillful. Highly intelligent. He is not good in the air.”― Pele

30th of 46 Pele Quotes

“I represent Brazil all over the world. Wherever I go I have to do my best, to not disappoint the Brazilian people. And that I’ve done.”― Pele

“Pele doesn’t die. Pele will never die. Pele is going to go on forever.”― Pele

“In 1962, my injury wasn’t because of violence; I just kicked the ball, and it happened. And that was OK because Brazil won; I didn’t have any difficulty in accepting that. I still got a medal because I’d played two games.”― Pele

“When I was a footballer, I surrounded myself with footballers. We were all friends. But in Brasilia you don’t know who your friends are. It can be a dangerous place.”― Pele

“I sometimes lie awake at night and wonder why I am still so popular and, to be honest, I don’t know.”― Pele

“When I retired, at that time I had a lot of proposals to play in Europe, England, Italy, Spain, Mexico. But I said no, after 18 years I want to rest, because I want to retire.”― Pele

38 Inspiring Lionel Messi Quotes

“Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then, when I was young, eight or nine years old, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.”― Pele

“All my life I thank God. My family was very religious.”― Pele

“Everybody knows my life. I won a lot of tournaments and scored more than 1,000 goals, won three World Cups but I could not play in Olympic Games.”― Pele

“When I was minister of sport in Brazil, I tried to bring in a law that would make the chairmen of clubs reveal their accounts like other businesses. It was turned down, but I think it is an important story that will make a good film.”― Pele

40th of 46 Pele Quotes

“At 17, I already had responsibility because I took care of my family, but in the football I was young; I wasn’t experienced or the captain – I was just in the team.”― Pele

“I was really proud that I was named after Thomas Edison and wanted to be called Edson. I thought Pele sounded horrible. It was a rubbish name. Edson sounded so much more serious and important.”― Pele

“A penalty is a cowardly way to score.”― Pele

“Yes, I have a lot of business interests. But I don’t work for just anyone, and I choose the companies very carefully.”― Pele

“Over the years I’ve learned to live with two persons in my heart. Edson has fun with his friends and family; the other is the football player Pele. I didn’t want the name. ‘Pele’ sounds like baby-talk in Portuguese.”― Pele

“No doubt, I am earning more money with my endorsements than I ever earned playing soccer.”― Pele

“When you play against dirty players or very tough players, it’s easy to escape because you know what they’re going to do. But when the player is tough but intelligent, it’s much more difficult.”― Pele

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Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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