Football is art, and great football is great art. And Johan Cruyff was indeed one of the greatest football artists the world has ever seen. His greatness went beyond his outstanding technical skills and physical qualities, but what made him one of the men that has changed football, was that he perhaps more than anybody else, was the first great footballer who “thought” football; who combined his skills and his brains to develop a whole new style of football.
As a player he won three European Cups with Ajax Amsterdam, as well as la Liga and Copa del Rey with FC Barcelona. He also, more than any of the other immensely talented players of a great Dutch generation, symbolized the Total Football that took the Netherlands to two World Cup finals, and made them darlings of the world.
As a manager he took all his skills to create a style of football that led FC Barcelona to four league titles in a row in the early 1990s, and FC Barcelona's first ever European Cup triumph in 1992. More than anyone else he created the foundation for the FC Barcelona style of today, meaning that not only Barcelona should be thankful, but also the Spanish national team, who would never have won the 2010 World Cup without that style.
The Netherlands, Spain, and the entire football world should be sad with his parting, but at the same time thankful for everything he gave to the entire football world.
An artist and a genius is joining Heaven's top League today.