With tributes pouring in from all over the world, the footballing community will inevitably continue to share Cruyff’s legacy through pictures, videos and personal stories. It was way before my time, but Cruyff (recently joining Barcelona from Ajax) was at Elland Road in front of a sell-out crowd. Reports were tickets were being sold for 5 times the face value, just for the opportunity to watch Cruyff perform. The year was 1975 and Leeds were victorious on the evening, finishing the game 2-1 winners.
Johan Cruyff went from strength to strength, winning the prestigious European Footballer of the Year Award three times. He also won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax and Barcelona (as a player AND coach) and played in a World Cup Final with Holland when they lost to West Germany 2-1. The Dutch FA have commented on the passing, labelling Cruyff as “the greatest Dutch footballer of all time, and one of the world’s best ever”.
Check out the recap of Barcelona vs Leeds United in 1975, featuring Johan Cruyff on the YouTube player below.