Johan Cruyff sadly passed away today following his battle with cancer, and social media has been awash with tributes to the Dutch legend.
Credited as one of football’s most revolutionary players, the football world will remember Cruyff’s spectacular feats for the Netherlands, Ajax and Barcelona.
Among those to express their support were Liverpool, who posted an image on their official Twitter account that hasn’t gone down too well on the social media site.
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The image, which you can see by scrolling down the page, featured a quote Cruyff made about Liverpool’s fans and Anfield.
But, instead of being seen as a touching tribute, Liverpool have been criticised for attempting to use Cruyff’s death as a marketing tool.
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Check out Liverpool's tweet
The message reads: “I sat there watching the Liverpool fans and they sent shivers down my spine. A mass of 40,000 people became one force behind their team.”
Cue strong backlash on Twitter. Check out the response below.
Cruyff’s passing has been met by several tributes on all platforms, with David Beckham among those to express his respect for the man responsible for inventing the ‘Cruyff Turn’.
Beckham posted an image of the Dutch star with the caption: “My thoughts and love are with the friends and family of not just one of the best footballers in the history of the game but also one of the greatest men and nicest person you could meet ... The game lost a true hero today. Rest In Peace @fcbarcelona @england”.
Cruyff, himself, was known for his famous statements. Below are a selection of his best quotes.
“I’m ex-player, ex-technical director, ex-coach, ex-manager, ex-honorary president. A nice list that once again shows that everything comes to an end.”
“I’m not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw.”
“Players today can only shoot with their laces. I could shoot with the inside, laces, and outside of both feet. In other words, I was six times better than today’s players.”
“There is only one ball, so you need to have it.”
“Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake.”
Football journalist Graham Hunter perhaps summed up Cruyff’s influence the best: “No Cruyff, no dream team. No Cruyff, no Cantera. No Cruyff, no Joan Laporta. No Cruyff, no Frank Rijkaard. No Cruyff, no Pep Guardiola.”
The former Barcelona player won eight Eredivisie titles and three European Cups with Ajax and the La Liga with Barca.
And that was just as a player. He added four more La Liga titles and one European Cup as Barcelona manager.
Football will never see another one like Johan Cruyff.