Reconsidering Cruyff

Five years after his death, Johan Cruyff remains the most complicated, influential and misunderstood soccer player ever. Let's explore his many contradictions.

Johan Cruyff played his last competitive soccer game 23 days before I was born. Yet he has loomed large in my life. As a Dutchman, an Ajax fan, an FC Barcelona sympathizer, a soccer nut and a soccer writer, I sit in the center of a kind of Cruyffian Venn diagram. I’ve watched his games and interv…

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