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Johan Cruyff (1947-2016): Heaven’s new playmaker

The legend

JOHAN CRUYFF (1947-2016)

Heaven has a new playmaker

In March 2016, the world was shocked by the sad news of Johan Cruyff’s death. He was not just a legend at Barcelona, Ajax or the Dutch national team. He was the greatest legend of the entire world of football.

The “Flying Dutchman” struggled with cancer for a really long time, but after all failed attempts Johan Cruyff passed away at the age of 68. His football philosophy is reflected in strategies of such renowned European couches like Frank Rijkaard, Josep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup, Arsene Wenger, Eric Cantona. Thanks to the refined tactics of Johan Cruyff, Spanish football has reached unprecedented heights in the world of football. The Dutchman has not only changed the approach and method of training but also became the first player who:

  1. Made the great “Cruyff’s feint”

Do you remember feints that are called after other famous football players?

  1. Was recognized as the “Best player” 3 times

Indeed, Messi has got 5 Golden balls, Ronaldo – 3 Golden balls. But when Johan Cruyff became the first player who managed to get 3 Golden balls, those Spanish stars were not even born yet.

  1. Was worth more than 2 million dollars

Nowadays this amount sounds ridiculous because the biggest transfer of the football player is 100 million euro, but back into 1973, Cruyff’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona was worth more than 2 million – a fantastic amount of money for those times.

  1. Received a red card in the Dutch national team

Even though it’s hard to classify as his achievement, Johan was that player who destroyed the stereotype about the Dutch in the match against Czechoslovakia in 1968.  The “Flying Dutchman” managed to get a red card in the 2nd game in his national team.

  1. So far, the only player recognized as the best footballer in Europe in the 20th

In 1992, the “Flying Dutchman” was recognized as the best European football player of the 20th century by the IFFHS organization. This says it all.


  • Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.
  • Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.
  • Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.
  • If you can’t win, make sure you don’t lose.
  • I always threw the ball in, because then if I got the ball back, I was the only player unmarked.
  • Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes.
  • I’m ex-player, ex-technical director, ex-coach, ex-manager, ex-honorary president. A nice list that once again shows that everything comes to an end.
  • There’s only one moment in which you can arrive in time. If you’re not there, you’re either too early or too late.
  • 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.
  • If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.