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 Lionel Messi of goalkeepers.”
This is a lot harder than it sounds.
If you want to win a final, Varane’s the man.
These are bound to put a smile on your face.
Some of the most important transfers in the PL.
Except maybe Phil Jones
Would Man Utd have signed Michael Owen without it?
Think of how good these could have been.
Nineteen to get in five minutes.
We have a new Ornstein.