Footballer at Position #6 : Johan Cruyff
6. Johan Cruyff
The outspoken Dutchman excelled for Ajax and Barcelona in the 1960s and 1970s and is considered by many experts to be Europe’s best player of all time. He was also named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players by Pelé in 2004. He was included on the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998, and the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002.
His name was synonymous with Rinus Michels’ “Total Football” movement where by players interchanged the positions. Cruyff was equally effective in both wide and central positions, and was famous for his ability to turn players. Winner of three Ballon D’Ors (European Player of the Year awards), Cruyff won 8 Dutch titles and also three European Cups with Ajax. Cruyff also made a controversial move to bitter rivals Feyenoord. Sadly never fell agonizingly short of winning the World Cup.
Hendrik Johannes "Johan" Cruijff OON was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. WikiPedia
Born: April 25, 1947, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 2016, Barcelona, Spain
Spouse: Danny Coster (m. 1968–2016)
Children: Jordi Cruyff, Chantal Cruyff, Susila Cruyff
Awards: Ballon d'Or, Onze d'Or, European Golden Shoe, more