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Thousands visited the Johan Cruyff memorial at Camp Nou / GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

An estimated 15,158 people visited the Johan Cruyff memorial at the Camp Nou on its opening day to pay their respects to the legendary Dutchman who passed away on Thursday.

The condolence area was opened at 10.00am CET on Saturday in the presence of the Board of Directors and Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The emotional ceremony began with a minute’s silence in front of a photograph of the man who changed the history of the club.

Bartomeu shared some words on Cruyff: “These are very sad days for Barca, and in accordance with the (Cruyff) family, this condolence area will remain open until Tuesday. Everything that is left at this memorial will be delivered to Johan’s family so they can feel the warmth and love of everyone. Barça’s success would not have been achieved without him as manager. This memorial is for anyone who wants to say their last farewell to Johan.”

Plethora of well-known figures pay their respects

 

The day was marked with a number of visits from well-known figures. They included the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, the ex-president of the Generalitat Artur Mas, former Barca president Joan Laporta, and president of the Catalan Football Federation Andreu Subies among many others.

 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, along with the director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueño also gave their condolences as did RCD Espanyol in a delegation led by their manager Constantin Galca. Valencia CF counselor Juan Cruz Sol and ex-Barca player José Ramon Alexanko, current director of Valencia’s academy, were also present.

 

The day continued with visits from members, Barça fans and the footballing world who queued outside the main stand at Camp Nou to say their last farewells to the legendary Johan Cruyff.

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