brilliant if tempestuous star, Johann Cruyff's goals helped Holland
into the 1974 World Cup final, although the man who played a great
part in "total-football" eventually finished with a
one of the all-time greats, was born in Amsterdam in 1947 and
at 19, and in his first season in Ajax's first team, was the Dutch
league's top scorer and helped destroy Liverpool in the European
In eight years, he won many domestic honours, a hat-trick of European
Cup medals and was European Footballer Of The Year three times.
Cruyff joined his old Ajax boss Rinus Michels, for £922.000,
and helped Barcelona win the Spanish league and cup. In 1981,
after three years in the NASL, with Los Angeles Aztecs and Washington
Diplomats, he signed for Spanish second division club, Levante,
but returned to Ajax in 1982, winning another leaguetitle with
them and another with Feyenoord, whom he joined in 1984.
he took Ajax to a 1987 European Cupwinner's Cup final win. In
1988 he rejoined Barcelona and led them to four Spanish leaguetitles
and a European Cup triumph as well.
His 48 games
for Holland (33 goals) would have been more, but for disputes
with the Dutch FA and also his refusal to play in the 1978 World