51 Johan Cruyff Quotes that will change your life

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Johan Cruyff is regarded as the most prodigious football player of every time. He was a professional football player and also a coach. During his playtime, he won the Ballon d’Or three times.

He was also an exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels.

Moreover, in 1999, Johan was voted European Player of the Century. And in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, he received the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

After finishing third in UEFA Euro 1976, he rejected the 1978 World Cup squad because of Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla. Besides this, he set the trend for wearing shirt numbers but outside the usual starting line-up numbers of 1-11. Sadly, he died on March 24, 2016.

Johan Cruyff, a legend
Johan Cruyff with his friends

Following Johan Cruyff’s quotes should be followed to be successful in life.

“You have got to shoot, otherwise you can’t score.”- Johan Cruyff

“Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake.”-Johan Cruyff

“I learned my English from Keith Spurgeon. He had some small children, and I was young, too, and so we spoke the language together, and it was fantastic.”- Johan Cruyff

“The most important part are the fans, that people going home are happy. It’s their time off, and you should give them something to enjoy.”- Johan Cruyff

“Every disadvantage has its advantage.”- Johan Cruyff

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“Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.”- Johan Cruyff

“Coincidence is logical.”- Johan Cruyff

“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.”- Johan Cruyff

“Sometimes something’s got to happen before something is going to happen.”- Johan Cruyff

“Italians can not beat us, but we can certainly lose against them.”- Johan Cruyff

“Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.”- Johan Cruyff

“I don’t want to be a thief of my own wallet.”- Johan Cruyff

“Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster.”- Johan Cruyff

“Without the ball, you can’t win.”- Johan Cruyff

“To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.”- Johan Cruyff

“I look at Messi, and he makes me laugh. A beautiful footballer who is still like a kid. A world superstar, but still a kid. Innocent, you know. He just plays.”- Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff quote on football
Johan Cruyff quote on football

“My foundation now has some 120 football pitches laid out for children, a lot of them immigrants. We live in a multicultural society.”- Johan Cruyff

“The disabled people that do sport, they don’t think about what they don’t have but try to get better with what they do have. That is the same for me.”- Johan Cruyff

“One trophy is good, but two are better. That way, when a hero wears his medals on his chest, at least his steps are level as he walks by.”- Johan Cruyff

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“Footballers from the street are more important than trained coaches.”- Johan Cruyff

“Football is about having the best offensive play possible. I always like to play offensive football, and nobody will convince me otherwise.”- Johan Cruyff

“Ajax is a multicultural club, and we have found that many talented immigrant players quit when they reach puberty. So we wanted to tackle this problem with someone from the same background who had come through it. And that was Edgar Davids. During one of our fights, I pointed that out to him. But it had nothing to do with his skin colour.”- Johan Cruyff

“Football is now all about money. There are problems with the values within the game. This is sad because football is the most beautiful game. We can play it in the street. We can play it everywhere.”- Johan Cruyff

“If you take golf, you have a teacher for the drive, a teacher for the approach play, and a teacher for the putt. That’s three specialist coaches for one player. In football, one coach looks after 25 players.”- Johan Cruyff

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“When I don’t have control of the ball, what do I do? I press to get it back. It’s a way of defending. But more important is that I like to have the ball. That’s why I believe in individual coaching sessions to prepare players properly.”- Johan Cruyff

“It’s like everything in football – and life. You need to look, you need to think, you need to move, you need to find space, you need to help others. It’s very simple in the end.”- Johan Cruyff

“Van Gaal has a good vision of football, but it is not mine. He wants to gel winning teams and has a militaristic way of working with his tactics. I want individuals to think for themselves.”- Johan Cruyff

“Everybody could use the money, but you don’t play for it – you play with your heart – and that’s a big difference you see in Barcelona. Everybody wants to play there; everybody wants to enjoy themselves. It’s maybe a small percentage, but maybe it’s the difference.”- Johan Cruyff

“How can you create a team and bring all these egos together? The main goal for Manchester United is for them to play well – and not have a player saying, ‘I play well; I scored two goals.’ Because if I score two goals, but three goals go into our net, then we lose. “-Johan Cruyff

“Ajax was spending too much money; they were buying players that were too expensive. If you get 100 percent, you can’t spend 120 percent. It’s quite easy.”- Johan Cruyff

“I always use the basic quality of people to achieve what I want to achieve. That’s a different way of thinking. I always love that they do things. And when it goes wrong, well, try to correct it in one way or another.”- Johan Cruyff

“In the Premier League, the money is a problem, but I don’t really know how to control it.”- Johan Cruyff

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“This is the great crisis in football now. It’s not just Rangers; it’s a lot of clubs. Big clubs always create more debt despite the huge income they have. It’s almost an achievement, isn’t it? They make so much money, and yet, still, their debts rise and rise and rise. How does that happen? It’s absurd.”- Johan Cruyff

“Football should never be a worry. It should be exciting. When a child plays football outside, he doesn’t need to worry. Professionals should be the same. Johan Cruyff

“I always delegate. If someone is very good at something, whatever it is, he will be in charge.”- Johan Cruyff

“All these countries like Holland and Scotland, they create their own problems. They are always complaining, but they don’t solve anything. Don’t look at what you don’t have; look at what you can create. “-Johan Cruyff

Inaguration programme of Johan Cruyff Stadium
Inauguration programme of Johan Cruyff Stadium

“Football is not about suffering. It’s about enjoyment. Control the ball, be friendly with it, try to attack, try to score goals. Of course, defending is part of it, but you can defend in a lot of ways.”- Johan Cruyff

“It’s unbelievable. I changed the way Barcelona played. Now, Spain have had to change. “-Johan Cruyff

“When I don’t have control of the ball, what do I do? I press to get it back. It’s a way of defending.”- Johan Cruyff

“Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.”- Johan Cruyff

“Football is a game you play with your mind.”- Johan Cruyff

“It’s unbelievable. I changed the way Barcelona played. Now, Spain have had to change.”- Johan Cruyff

“There is no greater medal than to be acclaimed for your style.”- Johan Cruyff

“It’s disappointing to see how football, the world’s No. 1 sport, is not No. 1 when it comes to development. It seems to me that a wealth of practical football knowledge is being squandered.”- Johan Cruyff

“There are some people who might have better technique than me, and some may be fitter than me, but the main thing is tactics. With most players, tactics are missing. You can divide tactics into insight, trust, and daring. In the tactical area, I think I just have more than most other players.”- Johan Cruyff

“The romance of English football is fantastic, but it has lost its identity under the influence of other cultures.”- Johan Cruyff

“When I was playing in the Ajax youth teams – when I was, say, 14, 15 – you started to get all those international youth tournaments. All those English teams came. Well, the English were much further than we were.”- Johan Cruyff

“My generation put in a lot more hours playing football after school than kids today. These days, all the football these kids play, they play at their clubs, so the clubs need to work seriously on the basic skills.”- Johan Cruyff

“For years, we have had many coaches in football, but there are no teachers anymore. And you see that in the play itself.”- Johan Cruyff

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“If you look at other countries, you see they have different values: defend more, pass the ball out more, winning is holy. In England, you could say that sport itself is holy. They say, ‘Look, guys, it’s about more than just winning.’”- Johan Cruyff

“I wanted to get my coaching badges after retiring, and I asked to take the exam, but they told me I needed to study for four years. I told them they were crazy. Who is going to study for four years? How is someone going to teach me technical things when I know more than they do?”- Johan Cruyff

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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