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Touching Rafa Benitez tribute to the brilliant Johan Cruyff

5 years ago

Every generation has a legend and for those of us growing up in the 1970s, it was Johan Cruyff.

That brilliant Holland team never quite fulfilled their potential.

The 1974 World Cup final summing that era up for the Dutch, taking the lead and playing great football, only for West Germany to run out 2-1 winners.

That Holland side had many quality players but Johan Cruyff was the main man and just how many of us, at the time and in the years that have followed, have attempted that ‘Cruyff turn’.

So much of football is now simply about stopping the opposition and the majority of players playing like robots, with so little freedom of expression in their play.

Johan Cruyff: A player who gave so much to us all and read below the tribute that Rafa Benitez posted on his own official website today:

‘Farewell to a Legend: R.I.P. Johan Cruyff

Just after today’s training session I knew about the sad news.

Johan Cruyff has passed away.

He has been inspirational to me along my career. When I was giving my first steps as a footballer he was a myth, an icon to follow. Afterwards, when I became a football manager, Cruyff was one of my references.

He was one of the main elements of the famous “Clockwork Orange”  making one of the most important changes in the history of modern football.

My deepest sympathy to his family, his friends, all the Clubs he played for… My love and respect.

Johan Cruyff has passed away. Football is in mourning.’


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