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82 Motivational Messi Quotes

Lionel Messi is widely considered the greatest football/soccer player of all time, and there are not many people arguing against that fact. He's shattered almost every single individual and team record there is to break. Not only that, he has done it all with a growth hormone deficiency that stubbed him to the very short height of  1.7 m. The limitation, however, has built his character in other areas; a relentless mind frame, a never give up perspective and a commitment to continuous growth (no pun intended).

Messi, who was born poor, began his career when he signed his infamous contract on a used napkin, and has been a loyal player who has remained with his club ever since. He quickly showcased his intense dedication, skillsets and competitive spirit to become a respected leader on and off the pitch. Outside of the game Messi has become an ambassador for the sport and is a humanitarian who represents Unicef.

From these 82 Messi quotes its evident that his recipe for greatness comes from his lifelong love of the game, innate passion, a consistent style, a sense of responsibility and most importantly his ability to have fun while playing. 

1.) Trust Your Instincts:

“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instincts.” - Lionel Messi

2.) Have A Deeper Purpose: 

“Being a bit famous now gives me the opportunity to help people who really need it, especially children." - Lionel Messi

3.) Passion Is Primary, Everything Else Is Secondary:

"The only thing that matters is playing. I have enjoyed it since I was a little boy, and I still try to do that every time I go out on to a pitch. I always say that when I no longer enjoy it or it’s no longer fun to do it, then I won’t do it anymore. I do it because I love it and that’s all I care about." - Lionel Messi

4.) The Desire To Keep Getting Better:

"I think my desire to always get better, [is a trait that accounts for my success], to always want more, to always be my top critic, and accepting the good and the bad." - Lionel Messi

5.) World Cup Aspirations:

“I want to be world champion, but not to change the perception of others towards me or to achieve greatness like they say, but rather, to reach the goal with my national team and to add a world cup to my list of titles." - Lionel Messi

6.) The Good And Bad Lead To Growth:

“I’ve grown a lot in football terms, a lot of things have happened to me, good and bad, which helped me grow as a person and professionally." - Lionel Messi

7.) On His Youth Days In Spain:

“It was hard for me because it was such a big change. I left a lot behind in Argentina and unlike other children living at the Masia, I hardly ever got to visit my family. I only saw them once or twice a year and that was very hard for me.” - Lionel Messi

8.) A Resilient Foundation:

"Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win.” - Lionel Messi

9.) Never Settle:

“My ambition is to always get better and better.” - Lionel Messi


"The truth is my idea has been to always stay at Barcelona and see out the rest of my career here. Like I always say, one doesn't know what can happen in the future, but if it were up to me to decide, I would stay at Barcelona for the rest of my career.” - Lionel Messi

11.) A Messi Quote On Why He Loves Barcelona:

“Barcelona gave me everything, they took a chance on me when nobody else would. I never have any desire to play for anybody else, I will be here for as long as they want me.” - Lionel Messi

12.) Goals Aren't The Only Thing:

“I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.” - Lionel Messi

13.) Consistent Effort:

“Whether it's a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game - I play the same. I'm always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win.” - Lionel Messi

14.) On How He Deals With Blame & Criticism:

"It seems like people want to blame me for everything. Whenever any issue arises, I'm said to have been involved even if I've had nothing to do with it. That's why I always focus on what I know, which is playing football, and try to be very careful with what I say because people always try and twist things." - Lionel Messi

15.) Passion Driven:

“What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.” - Lionel Messi

16.) He Hates Losing:

"I am competitive and I feel bad when we lose. You can see it in me when we've lost. I'm in a bad way. I don't like to talk to anyone." - Lionel Messi

17.) An Unselfish Team Player:

"I'm lucky to be part of a team who help to make me look good, and they deserve as much of the credit for my success as I do for the hard work we have all put in on the training ground." - Lionel Messi

18.) Striving For Absolute Perfection:

"I still have a lot of room for improvement. For example, I want to shoot equally well with both feet.” - Lionel Messi

19.) Sacrifice And Hard Work:

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” - Lionel Messi

20.) Ulterior Motive:

“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy." - Lionel Messi

21.) A Messi Quote About Having A Child:

“To come home and see my son, it’s a big joy that makes you forget all of your worries. It’s changed who I am." - Lionel Messi

22.) Winning Isn't Everything:

"There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” - Lionel Messi

23.) Collective Vs. Personal Goals:

“When the year starts the objective is to win it all with the team, personal records are secondary." - Lionel Messi

24.) Focused On The Bigger Picture 

"For my part, I try to do my bit to make people's lives more bearable, in particular children across the globe who are having problems." - Lionel Messi

25.) Self Improvement:

“Every year I try to grow as a player and not get stuck in a rut. I try to improve my game in every way possible. But that trait is not something I've worked on, it's part of me.” - Lionel Messi

26.) Money Is Not The Motivation:

“Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn't thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I'm just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.” - Lionel Messi


"I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I'm not enjoying it, I will leave football." - Lionel Messi

28.) The Tough Times Shape Our Lives:

“Everything that’s happened to me in my career has been special, even the tough times because they leave marks on you that shape your life.” - Lionel Messi

29.) Proud Of Where He Is From:

"I've never stopped being Argentine, and I've never wanted to. I feel very proud of being Argentine, even though I left there. I've been clear about this since I was very young, and I never wanted to change." - Lionel Messi

30.) Never Get Caught Up:

“You cannot allow your desire to be a winner to be diminished by achieving success before and I believe there is room for improvement in every sportsman.” - Lionel Messi


"It’s an honor to be recognized like that [the best player]. But Barca is not just Messi. Barca has very good players.” - Lionel Messi

32.) TRUSTING His Natural Ability:

“I never think about the play or visualize anything. I do what comes to me at that moment. Instinct. It has always been that way." - Lionel Messi

33.) Soccer Is A Team Game:

“Being named among the best at something is special and beautiful. But if there are no titles, nothing is won.” - Lionel Messi

34.) On Conquering His Dreams:

"To be honest, at that moment [when my contract was signed on that napkin], I never would have dreamed that this would happen to me. I never could have imagined that I was going to live the life that I have. I’d always dreamed of being a top football player and I’m living my dream." - Lionel Messi

35.) Never Be Completely Content:

I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player." - Lionel Messi

36.) How He Handles Pressure:

"I try to use pressure to help me in every game. Pressure helps me do things to the best of my ability. I like it. I don’t feel pressure; quite the contrary, because I always enjoy what I’m doing and that’s playing football. - Lionel Messi

37.) Never Satisfied:

“I’m never satisfied. I always push my limits and I always try to get better every day.” - Lionel Messi


"Whether it’s a goal, or winning a game, I’m never satisfied.” - Lionel Messi

39.) Precision And Accuracy:

“In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.” - Lionel Messi

40.) On Having Fun As A Kid:

“Well yes, my family and my friends would tell me [That I was better than the other kids]. But, I wasn’t playing football then just to be the best, I just wanted to have fun.” - Lionel Messi

41.) Do The Best And Leave The Rest:

“I go out and do the best I can in each game, and I don't think about the fouls other players will commit or whether I might be injured. It only does you harm to worry about those things.” - Lionel Messi

42.) Barcelona's Youth Program Philosophy:

“The Barcelona youth program is one of the best in the world. As a kid, they teach you not to play to win, but to grow in ability as a player.” - Lionel Messi

43.) On His Medical Treatment:

“I needed medical treatment and it couldn’t wait. I was 1.32m [4' 4"] tall and 11-years-old. It wasn’t an issue of vanity.” - Lionel Messi

44.) Love What You Do:

“You have got to love the game.” - Lionel Messi

45.) A Supportive Family:

“My family was always present when I needed them and sometimes felt even stronger emotions than me.” - Lionel Messi

46.) Support Leads To Accomplishing Dreams:

"I know how important it is to have a helping hand. In my childhood I had difficult times because of hormonal problems. If I hadn’t had support, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill my dreams.” - Lionel Messi

47.) On Barcelona's Training Method:

“At Barca we trained every day with the ball. I hardly even took a step running without a ball at my feet.” - Lionel Messi

48.) Dedication:

“From the age of three, I played every day—morning, afternoon and night.” - Lionel Messi

49.) On All The Media Attention He Receives:

"I’m used to there being a lot of people being around for photoshoots and videos, as well as all the football. I can see all the preparation that goes into it. It just becomes part of normal life. It’s nice to see so many people around and ready to work. Do I like it? It’s what life’s about. There’s no other way.” - Lionel Messi

50.) Why He's The Happiest Man:

“Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift.” - Lionel Messi

51.) Extremely Compassionate:

"There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. I always help in any way I can, even if it's just by signing an autograph. A child's smile is worth more than all the money in the world.” - Lionel Messi

52.) Sacrifice The Good For The Great:

“I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I'd have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream." - Lionel Messi


“Sometimes you have to accept you can't win all the time.” - Lionel Messi

54.) The Humble Side:

"I am a normal person. I have the same life as any human being. When I finish playing, doing my work, I have my family, my friends, and I live like any other person." - Lionel Messi

55.) His Recipe For Success:

“It takes sacrifice as well as talent." - Lionel Messi

56.) A Messi Quote About The World Cup:

“You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen." - Lionel Messi


"On a personal note, I think it won't be until after I've retired that I'm fully aware of what I've done or what I've gone on to achieve in my career." - Lionel Messi

58.) Dedication To His Craft:

"I've always really just liked football, and I've always devoted a lot of time to it. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day.” - Lionel Messi


“To be honest, I never realized it. I never really thought that I was going to be really good or not. I just wanted to make my dream come true.” - Lionel Messi

60.) A Messi Quote About Ronaldo (Brazil):   

"Ronaldo was my hero. He was the best forward I've ever seen. He was so fast that he could score a goal from nothing and he struck the ball better than anyone I've seen.” - Lionel Messi

61.) A Messi Quote About Rival Cristiano Ronaldo:

“It doesn't matter if I am better than Cristiano Ronaldo, all that matters is that Barcelona are better than Madrid.” - Lionel Messi

62.) Priorities:

“I like going out, but you have to know when you can and when you can't.” - Lionel Messi

63.) On Being A Dad:

“Being a dad changes everything for the better and I’m really enjoying it.” - Lionel Messi


"I don't need the best hairstyle or the best body. Just give me a ball at my feet and I'll show you what I can do." - Lionel Messi

65.) On Mastering His Art:

"I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” - Lionel Messi

66.) A New Perspective:

"I became a father which is a big change. It makes you see things differently." - Lionel Messi

67.) A Messi Quote About His Hero, Diego Maradona:

“Diego is Diego and for me he is the greatest player of all time. Even after a million years I am not even going to be close to Maradona. I have no intention of comparing myself with Maradona - I want to make my own history for something I have achieved." - Lionel Messi

68.) Who He Would Pay To Watch:

"If I had to pick one out it would be Ronaldo. He is a player I would pay to watch.” - Lionel Messi


“I’m always proudest whenever I’ve been part of a trophy-winning team. Lifting a title makes me feel so happy because it’s what I want to do in football: be successful.” - Lionel Messi

70.) How He Handles Pressure:

"Pressure in football is an interesting topic. Personally, I try to help myself as best I can. I’m always looking to remain as calm and relaxed as possible when I go onto the pitch. When I feel the grass beneath my feat I feel sure, because playing football is what I enjoy most. Is that pressure a blessing or curse? I don’t know.” - Lionel Messi

71.) Living In The Present:

“Every time I start a year, I start with the objective of trying to achieve everything, without comparing it to how I've done in other seasons.” - Lionel Messi

72.) A Grateful Messi:

“This is much more than I dreamed about as a boy. I want to thank football in general for what it has given me.” - Lionel Messi

73.) On Being Considered The Greatest Player of All Time:

“Just to hear people saying and thinking that makes me very proud indeed. But I try not to think about it too much and just focus on enjoying everything that I have in this life.” - Lionel Messi

74.) On Being Calm Before Games:

"I’m not the sort of guy who shouts and screams before a match." - Lionel Messi

75.) Preparation Before A Game:

“When I’m in the car on the way to training, I always drive as calmly as possible. I enjoy the drive, actually. It’s nice to have that bit of time before training to relax, alone with my thoughts. It’s the same before a game. I always go the same route, too, because it helps me concentrate.I like to imagine things, like the opposition defenders and what might happen. Obviously, in your imagination everything always turns out for the best. It’s not often like that in a game, but I find it very useful to visualise what might happen.” - Lionel Messi

76.) When Asked About What Job He Would Do If He Didn't Play Football:

"I don't know, I've liked football since I was a kid and I've always dreamt of becoming a professional footballer, I never thought of any other job." - Lionel Messi

77.) The Ultimate Goal:

“This club always aims to win and I want to end my career having won as many titles as possible" - Lionel Messi

78.) When Asked About His Secret Ingredient:

"Football has been my life since I was a kid. My style remains the same, I love every single minute I get on the pitch. I know I have a great responsibility, and that there are objectives to accomplish, but I try to have fun too, because that's what i love to do.” - Lionel Messi

79.) When Asked If His Passion Was Dying:

“Little by little, I’m getting better all the time. I’ve not lost the passion to play.” - Lionel Messi

80.) On How He Stays Motivated:

“Day-to-day motivation isn’t a problem for me." - Lionel Messi

81.) Being Unpredictable:

“Some people say my style of play is innate, but I’m not sure if that’s me or not. Honestly, I do play on instinct. On the pitch, I’m always looking for the best move or decision at any given time. I never want to do what the opposition would be expecting." - Lionel Messi

82.) Thankful To Xavi:

"I want to share this Ballon d'Or with my friend Xavi. You deserve it too..” - Lionel Messi

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