The Legacy Worth Of A Legend: Johan Cruyff And His 20 Inspiring Quotes...

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Three times Ballon d'Or winner, one of the best soccer players of all time Johan Cruyff lost his battle to cancer just recently...The whole world will remember him for his amazing vision, perspective and of course talent.

His vision brought him the fame and glory back in the earlier days. Landing shots no one else could, through passes no one in the whole stadium ever thought or heard of! He was able to dominate the field and his presence was felt almost at every inch of the grass one way or another. As a result, when Cryuff talked, everyone listened...

His inspiring quotes immediately gets everyone's attention, related to soccer or not for his insights were always far too brilliant. We do admit at some points he got too arrogant but that's only because he thought he knew the best of everything. He had a point, though...

The Cruyff quotes below shows his way of life and how he always saw soccer as a player, coach and pundit. We guarantee you will find something for yourself among them...

1. "Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal."

2. "I’m not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw."

3. "Players today can only shoot with their laces. I could shoot with the inside, laces, and outside of both feet. In other words, I was six times better than today’s players."

4. "I’m ex-player, ex-technical director, ex-coach, ex-manager, ex-honorary president. A nice list that once again shows that everything comes to an end."

5. "Someone who has juggled the ball in the air during a game, after which four defenders of the opponent get the time to run back, that’s the player people think is great. I say he has to go to a circus."

6. "What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster."

7. "Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake."

8. "When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average … So, the most important thing is: what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not."

9. "If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible."

10. "Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring."

11. "Surviving the first round is never my aim. Ideally, I’d be in one group with Brazil, Argentina and Germany. Then I’d have lost two rivals after the first round. That’s how I think. Idealisitic."

12. "I find it terrible when talents are rejected based on computer stats. Based on the criteria at Ajax now I would have been rejected. When I was 15, I couldn’t kick a ball 15 meters with my left and maybe 20 with my right. My qualities technique and vision, are not detectable by a computer."

13. "After you’ve won something, you’re no longer 100 percent, but 90 percent. It’s like a bottle of carbonated water where the cap is removed for a short while. Afterwards there’s a little less gas inside."

14. "There are very few players who know what to do when they’re not marked. So sometimes you tell a player: that attacker is very good, but don’t mark him."

15. "Every professional golfer has a separate coach for his drives, for approaches, for putting. In football we have one coach for 15 players. This is absurd."

16. "Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is."

17. "Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate."

18. "Choose the best player for every position, and you’ll end up not with a strong XI, but with 11 strong 1’s."

19. "There is only one ball, so you need to have it."

20. "We must make sure their worst players get the ball the most. You’ll get it back in no time."

Rest in peace big legend...

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