Johan Cruyff’s book explains why Barcelona decided not to sign Zinedine Zidane

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Legend has it that Blackburn Rovers rejected the opportunity to sign Zinedine Zidane in 1995 after Jack Walker, the club’s owner, turned to Kenny Dalglish and uttered the immortal words: "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?"

While Sherwood enjoyed a relatively decent career, it’s fair to say the English midfielder didn’t exactly scale the same lofty heights Zizou did after leaving Bordeaux for Juventus in 1996.

Zidane went on to join Real Madrid in a world-record move from Turin five years later, but did you know that he could have been plying his trade for Los Blancos’ fierce rivals Barcelona instead?

Around the same time that Blackburn decided against a move for Zidane, now widely considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Barca also made the decision not to sign the Frenchman.

This is according to the late Johan Cruyff, whose new autobiography ‘My Turn’ was released this week.

Why Barcelona snubbed Zidane

But why would Barcelona reject a player with so much talent and ability?

According to Cruyff, per the Daily Mail’s Dominic King, he wanted to bring Zidane to the Camp Nou.

However, the transfer failed to materialise because Barcelona’s board “didn’t think much” of the technically gifted attacking midfielder.

Zidane had a pretty decent career...

Cruyff, for once, failed to get his own way and Zidane ended up moving to Italy instead.

The Marseille-born midfielder went on to win a host of major honours with both Juve and Real Madrid before ending his career in 2006.

He also won the World Cup in 1998, scoring twice in the final against Brazil, and was named as the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2000 after inspiring Les Bleus to glory.

Zidane won the Ballon d’Or in 1998 and won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in ’98, 2000 and 2003.

Barcelona really should have listened to Cruyff.

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