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Johan Cruyff’s Famous Footballing Quotes

Johan Cruyff was arguably one of the best footballers ever seen. Not only was he a wonderful footballer, but he was also a visionary and know it all... The man was a very successful player and coach, and produced some cracking quotes throughout his career.

Cruyff’s opinion on playing weak opposition:

“The most difficult thing about an easy match is to make a weak opponent play bad football.”

The Dutchman explaining what speed really is:

“What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster.”

Cruyff being cheeky towards the press:

“If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.”

Johan showing the world that he was not bothered by what people thought of him:

“People who are not of my level can’t affect my integrity.”

The Dutch are known for their bizarre explanations:

“I barely ever make mistakes because I have trouble with being mistaken.”

Cruyff talking about how football isn’t just about having good players:

“To play well, you need good players, but a good player almost always has the problem of a lack of efficiency. He always wants to do things prettier than strictly necessary.”

The Dutchman’s philosophy on trying to play simple football:

“Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.”

What is your favourite Johan Cruyff moment or quote? 

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