Johan Cruyff started playing football on the streets of Amsterdam. Ascending from a humble neighborhood, to the greatest stadiums around the globe, Johan delighted the world with a brand of football that would grow to enthrall generations of football fans and profoundly influence the modern game.
“He was certainly the best player Europe has produced”
– Franz Beckenbauer –
Johan Cruyff was the personification and mastermind of total football. When he played, Cruyff glided across the pitch with a grace and fluidity that made his play mesmerising. He demonstrated both technical mastery and tactical intelligence while leading both AFC Ajax Amsterdam and the Dutch national squad to world prominence in the 1970’s. The introduction of total football in this era marks the most influential change in the history of the game and etched Johan Cruyff into the minds and memories of those who appreciate spectacular, creative and attacking football.
“When you saw Cruyff off the pitch, he was like a thin boy. But on the pitch he was from another planet”
– Rinus Michels –
After winning three consecutive European Cups with Ajax, Johan was transferred to FC Barcelona in 1973. As the World’s best player at that time, he immediately led the club to its first national title in 14 years, sparking a rebirth not just of the club, but Catalonia as a whole. In 1999, Johan was elected European Player of the Century and finished second in the World Player of the Century election, marking just two accolades on an endless list of trophies and personal honors.
“He was at the heart of a revolution with his football. If he wanted, he could be the best player in any position on the pitch”
– Eric Cantona –