Johan Cruyff will forever be remembered as one of the greatest footballers of all time – and the impact he made as a manager was arguably even greater.
Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or three times as a player, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, and was the first player to perform a turn – subsequently named after him – players are still using more than 40 years later.
The methods he used as a coach, meanwhile, laid the foundations for the sport as we know it today. But rather than attempt to pay tribute to the great man ourselves, we’ve collated some of the best quotes about him over the years – as well as a number of his own brilliant musings.
The gift that just keeps on giving.
Only one of these is still at the club.
A night never to be forgotten.
Should Leeds United fans be concerned?
Exceptional stuff from the BRIT nominee.
Steve McManaman rues not winning more at Anfield.
Basically naming obscure betting companies.
Dumbarton almost signed Johan Cruyff.
“I hope he’s not better than me” – Roberto Carlos.