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Spain: Barca unveil statue to club legend Johan Cruyff

Spain, Barcelona
August 26, 2019 at 23:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Barcelona unveiled a statue to club legend Johan Cruyff outside the Nou Camp on Monday.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu praised the man who "set the foundations for modern football" and lamented his loss.

Cruyff's son Jordi thanked the club for "honour" of placing a statue of Cruyff outside the stadium, saying it was a fitting place for a man who provided some "glorious moments" at Barca.

The Dutchman was an icon of the game and his name will forever be associated with total football, a tactical theory demanding intelligence and technicality from players. His ideas are widely considered to have laid the foundations for Barcelona's success today.

Cruyff spent five years at Barcelona and found his greatest success at boyhood club Ajax in the 1970s. After retiring, he returned to manage Ajax and later Barcelona, winning the club's first European Cup in 1992.

On 24 March 2016, Cruyff died at the age of 68 following a short battle with lung cancer.

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Barcelona unveiled a statue to club legend Johan Cruyff outside the Nou Camp on Monday.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu praised the man who "set the foundations for modern football" and lamented his loss.

Cruyff's son Jordi thanked the club for "honour" of placing a statue of Cruyff outside the stadium, saying it was a fitting place for a man who provided some "glorious moments" at Barca.

The Dutchman was an icon of the game and his name will forever be associated with total football, a tactical theory demanding intelligence and technicality from players. His ideas are widely considered to have laid the foundations for Barcelona's success today.

Cruyff spent five years at Barcelona and found his greatest success at boyhood club Ajax in the 1970s. After retiring, he returned to manage Ajax and later Barcelona, winning the club's first European Cup in 1992.

On 24 March 2016, Cruyff died at the age of 68 following a short battle with lung cancer.

W/S Johan Cruyff statue unveiled, Barcelona

M/S Quote on statue (Spanish): "Go out and enjoy"

W/S Cruyff's family on stage with Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu

SOT, Jordi Cruyff, son of Johan Cruyff (Spanish): "My father, I suppose at the moment I would say, "At one point I am now a statue. In the end, also the phrase from back then: "Go out and enjoy". When I read this, it is like listening to it and right now to see him so big, it is as if I was watching over me. Truly, on the part of our family, we feel pride, pleasure, is an honour, it is precious and for us, we can only thank those who have made this possible. I think it is in a very special place for him, because it is next to the pitch where he spent so many years playing and also as a coach, providing supporters with glorious moments, suffering but also enjoying himself. In the end, I think this is the place where he can and should be."

M/S Audience listen to speech

SOT, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona President (Catalan): "When now almost three and a half years ago on March 24, 2016, when Johan left us all, as Barcelona supporters and by extension also all football lovers, we all experienced a huge vacuum, a feeling of emptiness. We were left without the man who had changed our collective mentality and without the coach who set the foundations for modern football."

W/S End of ceremony

M/S Retired Barcelona defender Carles Puyol chatting and embracing friend

W/S Cruyff's family speaking to guests

W/S People pose for pictures with statue

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