David Beckham Quotes: Fortunate to realize boyhood dreams

If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.

I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams.

I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support.

I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.
~ David Beckham, 16 May 2013

David Beckham retired on 16 May 2013 after winning league titles in four different countries and gaining 115 caps for his country.

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Andres Iniesta Quote: The will to succeed

If there’s one characteristic all players have it’s precisely that. They all have that gene, that competitiveness, the ability to overcome obstacles, to fight, a willingness to sacrifice. It might look easy to reach the top and stay there, to play for your country and win things, but it isn’t. All players that have achieved those things have that: the big ones, the small ones, the good-looking ones, the ugly ones, the nice ones, the not so nice ones … they all have that will to succeed.

~ Andres Iniesta, 9 Nov 2012

From an interview with Sid Lowe in the Guardian.

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Hard work is a talent, too

I tell players that hard work is a talent, too. They need to work harder than anyone else. And if they can no longer bring the discipline that we ask for here at United, they are out. I am only interested in players who really want to play for United, and who, like me, are bad losers.

~Sir Alex Ferguson

Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Nothing Better than hearing ‘well done.’

There is no room for criticism on the training field. For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done.’

Those are the two best words ever invented in sports. You don’t need to use superlatives.

~ Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.