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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.

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