‘I nearly joined Madrid’ admits Cruyff

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has admitted in a TV documentary that he almost joined Real Madrid before signing for the Blaugrana.

The Dutchman went on to have a wonderful career with the Catalans, both as a player and a Coach, and is still heavily involved with the club.

However, the 67-year-old told TV3 that it could all have turned out differently back in 1973.

“I remember my move to Spain because it was quite controversial,” revealed Cruyff.

“People were saying I was going to a fascist country and the President of Ajax wanted to sell me to Real Madrid.

“I was born shortly after the war though, so I was brought up not to accept just anything

“[At the time] Barcelona were not at the same level as Madrid football wise, but it was a challenge to play for a Catalan club.

“But Barcelona was more than a club,” he added.

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