Barcelona has paid homage to former player and manager and legend Johan Cruyff.
In a report from the Daily Mail, Barcelona unveiled a statue of the footballing genius, as well as renaming the B-Team stadium after him.
Cruyff began his career at Ajax, playing for the Dutch giants in a first spell that lasted 10 years. He won the Dutch league six times during that initial period as well as four Dutch cups.
But perhaps what he is remembered for most at Ajax, was the three consecutive European cups they won with him in the side too.
It was after that he sealed a move to Barcelona, where he spent 5 years and won a la Liga title and a Copa del Rey.
But it was his return to Barca as a manager that sealed his place in their history. Wining 11 trophies, a number surpassed only by the player he brought into the team himself, Pep Guardiola.
He is often referred to as the man that brought them back from their darkest times, known as the scandal of “Hesperia Mutiny.”
Cruyff introduced a fast free-flowing attacking football that Barcelona had been missing for years. Along with that came the success and reward that the club and its fans had longed for.
The statue stands, 3.5 metres tall and made of bronze. It shows Cruyff in his number 9 shirt, donning the captain’s armband and issuing instructions.
— Johan Cruyff (@JohanCruyff) August 26, 2019
At the ceremony, where his family, friends and former players gathered. Including, his wife Danny, son Jordi and daughter Susila. As well as Carles Puyol, Sergi Barjuan and Albert Ferrer.
The statue was revealed to the public by current club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Bartomeu addressed the crowd saying:
“This statue shall be a permanent reminder of Johan Cruyff and what he represents.”
“Johan Cruyff is a very important part of our history, essence, and sentiment.”
The new Barcelona B-Team aptly named after Cyruff will be officially opened with a game to take place between the Barcelona youth team and Ajax youth team today.
Ajax only last year renamed the Amsterdam Arena, The Johan Cruyff Arena, in a fitting tribute to their club legend.
Barcelona has followed suit with a commendable tribute of their own.