Johan Cruyff picked his all-time XI before he died

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Johann Cruyff may have sadly passed away last year but that doesn’t mean we have heard the last of the Dutch legend.

That’s because his autobiography ‘My Turn - A Life In Football’ is set to be released on Thursday morning.

The book was written before the forward passed away and promises to give a comprehensive insight into the player that revolutionised the game.

While we don’t know exactly what Cruyff included in his book, we do know that he included his all-time dream XI.

While all the modern-day footballers include one - or both - of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Cruyff has selected neither.

Instead, his side focuses on the past but it’s incredible nonetheless. Here it is:

Goalkeeper | Lev Yashin

The Russian ‘keeper is the only goalkeeper to have ever won the Ballon d’Or, when he won it in 1963, so you can’t really complain about this selection. He played 74 times for the Soviet Union and appeared in four World Cups.

Defender | Carlos Alberto

Alberto is considered one of best defenders of all time - and Cruyff agrees. He captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1970 and scored one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament in that final.

Defender | Franz Beckenbauer

Beckenbauer was twice named European Footballer of the Year and played 103 times for West Germany. He’s also won the World Cup as both a player and a manager.

Defender | Ruud Krol

The defender played 339 league matches for Ajax and earned 83 caps for Netherlands. He also finished third in the European Footballer of the Year award in 1979.

Midfielder | Garrincha

The Brazilian is regarded as the best dribbler in football and helped his nation win the World Cup in 1958 and 1962. In the latter tournament, he received the World Cup Golden Ball for player of the tournament, the Golden Boot as leading goalscorer, and was named in the World Cup All-Star Team.

Midfielder | Bobby Charlton

Yes, an Englishman. Charlton will be remembered for 1966 - winning the World Cup and the Ballon d’Or in the same year. How many people can say they’ve done that?

Midfielder | Pep Guardiola

It’s easy to forget the Manchester City manager was also a fantastic player. He won six La Ligas with Barcelona and also the 1992 European Cup.

Midfielder | Alfredo di Stefano

A Real Madrid legend. He managed a ridiculous 307 goals in 396 appearances for Los Blancos during his 11 seasons at the Bernabeu.

Striker | Diego Maradona

Before Messi, Maradona was regarded as the Argentinian hero. He played in four World Cups and captained his country to glory in 1986, where he won the Golden Ball.

Striker | Pele

Pele scored a stupendous 77 goals in 91 games for Brazil and was believed to have bagged 619 in 638 for Santos. Not to mention his three World Cup wins for his country.

Striker | Piet Kiezer

Who? Kiezer was an Ajax legend having played 365 times for the club, winning 6 league titles and three European Cups. He only made 34 caps for his country during his career, though.

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