Timothy F. Cahill Quotes

  1. The tattoos are about my grandmother dying, and they tell the story about my mother and father, my brothers and my sister, my kids. It’s pretty much a family tree on my arm with my life in football, too.
  2. I’ve had it all my life – people thinking I was too small or not fast enough, not strong enough.
  3. You could take everything off me tomorrow, I’ll still be happy. So long as my family are living very close together, that’s all that matters, really, for me.
  4. Every time I score the passion comes out and I try to relay that back to the fans and to the players and the staff how grateful I am to be playing for such a good football club. The fans have taken well to me. I am part of the furniture at Everton, but I don’t take it for granted.
  5. For me, I don’t talk about numbers. I’ve had big contracts my whole career; I just don’t like talking about numbers if they’re real or not real… whatever offers I’ve had, I always keep it private.
  6. I’ve never met anyone who loves the Socceroos as much as me.
  7. As long as I am able to compete physically with the younger players, I am going to play.
  8. Playing away is just as exciting as playing at home.
  9. When we go back to Samoa, where my mother was born, we always check out the art by local artists.
  10. I take compliments and I take constructive criticism. Not everyone loves you. It’s the way you react as a footballer. I use it all to make me play better.
  11. I remember cleaning boots at Millwall on £250 a week and feeling like a millionaire. I’d made it then. At that time, if I never played for another club it wouldn’t have bothered me too much because I’d made it with a football team in England.
  12. I hold the record now with Dixie Dean for being the only Everton player to score three Merseyside derby goals at Anfield. I still hope to better it. Things like that, the fans never forget.
  13. The appetite and fight for winning a game outweighs any other thoughts.
  14. It’s a massive compliment to me to be known in Asia because Asia is the way forward in football, along with the Middle East. I believe that strongly.
  15. I love cricket. My all-time favourite is Sachin Tendulkar, without a shadow of a doubt.
  16. India should go at their own pace and not compete with anyone. They have a league system in place and a huge fan base, but the thing they need the most is a good structure. They need to create a good footprint for football in the future because they have the numbers, but they need to improve the quality of the game.
  17. I make a strong commitment to my body.
  18. I’m a very traditional person. The tattoos are about my grandmother dying and they tell the story about my mother and father, my brothers and my sister, my kids. It’s pretty much a family tree on my arm with my life in football too.
  19. It’s pretty cliched, but Times Square is just incredible. You really feel like you’re in the capital of the world.
  20. A player has to think a lot bigger than himself personally, regardless of his situation.
  21. If kids see you on the street and they want an autograph, that’s a big honour so I spend half an hour before I get in the ground and 40 minutes to an hour after the game with the Everton fans signing autographs.
  22. I want to work with kids and help develop them, show them the right way, the right morals and attitude into how to become a better footballer. Australia has many different cultures but I’d like to bring in the indigenous style, bring their competitiveness, athleticism and raw ability into the frame.
  23. I have a lot of friends in the Australian cricket team, and they have told me a lot about India. Brett Lee was telling me about the food and Bollywood. I am the kind of person who likes to embrace the culture of a place, and I really want to travel and see the various temples around the country.
  24. I want to help grow the game in India and encourage young kids to play football.
  25. Being told you’re too small and never going to make it is an opinion. And it’s a valid opinion, and it’s something you take in your stride.
  26. With such a huge fan base, Indian football has a good foundation, and my aim is to become an ambassador of the sport and fly the flag on the international stage for the Indian fans.
  27. I’m someone who doesn’t like to talk about money, prefer to focus about what I do on the pitch.
  28. I’m blessed that I’m not content. Whenever I work with kids, which I’m passionate about, I want them to know that, yes, two World Cups, two Asian Cups, but I’ve done it the hard way.
  29. No money in this world could convince me to play for Liverpool. That’s not a lack of respect for Liverpool supporters or the football club. It’s respect for the Everton supporters. You just can’t do that. It goes against everything that I stand for. No chance.
  30. Millwall is where I learnt my trade, and it was the most important learning period of my life – my apprenticeship in understanding football.
  31. All I do is play football, eat, sleep, play with my kids, play football.
  32. I’m interested in coaching.
  33. Whether you’re a mechanic or you build houses or you work in an office, you don’t have to like your boss.
  34. When you’re 38 years old and you’ve already been in three World Cups… one thing I’ve learned, especially when you play for your country, is, ‘I’m there for my country.’
  35. Happiness is one thing, and I’ve had it my whole life – that’s family.
  36. I am someone that appreciates talent.
  37. They knew who I was in Australia in 2006, but not to a great extent. Now, with the momentum of a second World Cup, it has gone crazy.

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