Ajax bids Farewell to Hero Johan Cruyff
He may be synonymous with Barcelona and the Dutch national side, but the late great Johan Cruyff started his footballing adventure in the red and white of Ajax, and today the club’s fans paid tribute.
Cruyff, three-time Ballon d’Or winner and four-time European Cup winner, died after a battle with lung cancer last week at the age of just 68.
Football teams and players all across the world were left devastated by the news, with various different tributes paid to the legendary winger, who made the ‘Cruyff Turn’ his own.
Barcelona marked his passing by wearing one-off jerseys in last night’s El Clasico match, and now thousands of Ajax supporters showed their respect by marching from the centre of Amsterdam to the team’s stadium for today’s Eredivise fixture against FC Zwolle.
Flares, lighters and banners were employed by the band of fans to make the spectacle as memorable as possible.
Cruyff won eight league titles and three consecutive European Cups as a player with Ajax. He also made a significant impact in his three years as the club’s manager, winning the KNVB Cup twice and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
And inside the stadium, as you’d expect, the club themselves paid tribute with some brilliant mosaics and flags:
A fitting tribute.