Vicente Del Bosque remembered Johan Cruyff as someone who ‘wasn’t governed by the usual rules’ and who ‘had a big influence on our football.’
Cruyff passed away at the age of 68 at his home in Barcelona, having been diagnosed with cancer in October 2015, and Del Bosque added to the chorus saluting the iconic player and Coach.
“In 1973-74 Spanish football’s borders were opened, the year I came to Real Madrid, with two foreigners per club,” the Spain Coach recalled, AS reports.
“He and Hugo Sotil went to Barcelona and marked a stage in the club’s history.
“As a player he was absolutely unique and as a Coach also. He meant a lot because he had a big influence on our football. I join his family at this time.
“Cruyff was unique as a player and a Coach. I don’t think he was governed by the usual rules and related to football and players as he felt as a player.”