WATCH: Ajax mourns, salutes Johan Cruyff with video of early days


Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (Cruyff) has passed away at the age of 68, and it’s allowed us all the bittersweet opportunity to remember the thrilling career of a creative footballing pioneer.

A league winner with three teams as a player as well as a three-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cruyff was a wizard with the ball. Most readily compared to Lionel Messi in terms of modern day players, he was a big part of a football and, basically, cultural revolution in Europe.

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A legend at Ajax, the Dutch club has been mourning him all day. This video sheds some light on his humble beginnings, as the man who became a mercurial personality almost always looked joyful with the ball.

Set to a classical guitar rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”, enjoy the brilliance of Cruyff.