Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke of Cruyff's impact on the world of football / GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu mourned the loss of Johan Cruyff on Thursday, while outlining how special he was to the club.

Bartomeu holds Cruyff as one of the biggest legends in the history of FC Barcelona, both during his time as a player and as manager of the famous 'Dream Team'.

“He was a teacher for a whole generation,” said Bartomeu. “He added a modern touch, he transformed football and brought a new playing philosophy,” the president stated.

Though a legend at the club, his influence went far beyond just Barça, said Bartomeu: "We hold him essential to the history of the club, but he was important for everyone. He was an admired person and his genius left a mark on the modern game," he added.

"The current Barça would not be understood without Cruyff's influence,” as the Dutchman introduced a unique style of play that brought unprecedented success.

Concluding, the Barça president informed that the club had been in contact with the family of Cruyff to convey condolences and announced that the first tribute will be a memorial at Camp Nou so that everyone can pay their last farewells to the great Dutchman.

Bartomeu: "The current Barça would not be... by fcbarcelona
Back to top