The good old days of Johan Cruyff in action.
There are thousands of footballers worldwide, but few make history in the field of soccer. Cruyff represented Holland on 48 occasions and scored 33 times for the national side, helping them reach the final at the 1974 World Cup.
I remember while working at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, one of my colleagues called Mario, who was a fan of Cruyff, always had the picture of the young days the footballer in his wallet. He removed the picture from his wallet and asked me if I can recognise who he was. “Johan Cruyff, he is my hero too, I said.”
Yes, a great footballer has fans and I ‘m proud to say that I’m one of them. The Dutch legend Johan died peacefully in Barcelona on Thursday after losing his battle with lung cancer.
The former Ajax and Barcelona passed away surrounded by his family after he was initially diagnosed last October. Cruyff is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and went on to enjoy huge success as a coach.
We shall greatly miss him. His place no one can fill, because he is one person, Johan Cruyff. His achievement in the field of soccer history shall remain forever.
Sporting his famous long locks, Cruyff turns out for Ajax in June 1971. On June 2 that year, in London, Ajax won the European Cup by defeating Panathinaikos 2–0. At the end of the season, he became not only the Dutch but also the European Footballer of the Year.
Cruyff was a heavy smoker until undergoing major heart surgery in 1991 while manager of Barcelona.