Over the past decade, Barcelona and Spain have played incredible football and enthralled followers of the beautiful game. It would not be unfair to suggest that everything Barcelona and Spain with its Catalan heart are today, they owe to Johan Cruyff.
As previously mentioned, during his time at Ajax, Cruyff perfected his rendition of ‘Total Football’. This footballing philosophy was then incorporated into the Barcelona setup, ingrained into the club’s DNA and the result is for all to see. At Barcelona, Johan put together a ‘Dream Team’, which won four straight La Liga titles, the European Cup, the UEFA Super Cup among several other trophies. In addition to the above, he also won the KNVB Cup and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup before managing Barcelona.
Johan Cruyff’s legacy and contribution to football simply cannot be matched. His managerial philosophy can be summarized in his assessment: ‘There is only one ball, so you need to have it.’ Cruyff is credited with influencing the best central midfielders of our age and proved instrumental in developing the playing and managerial careers of Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup, Ronald Koeman amongst others.
Simply put, there will never be another Johan Cruyff.