Stoichkov ‘broken’ by Cruyff passing

Hristo Stoichkov says he is ‘broken’ by the death of Johan Cruyff, his Coach at Barcelona. ‘He gave me the chance to play in the Dream Team…’

Cruyff’s passing at the age of 68 after being diagnosed with cancer in October 2015 has led to tributes from the football world, with Mundo Deportivo reporting the comments of Stoichkov.

“I’m broken,” the ex-Bulgaria international said before revealing he was already making arrangements to leave his home in Miami and travel to Catalonia.

“I want to go as soon as possible to say goodbye to the ‘mister’ who did so much for me, who gave me the opportunity to play at Barca, to win the Ballon d’Or.

“Without him none of it would have been possible. He gave me the opportunity to play in the ‘Dream Team,’ to enjoy playing great football and to win trophies.

“When I was last in Barcelona there were conflicting reports on Johan’s health but it made me feel optimistic because it was said he had improved.

“This is a real blow that I wasn’t expecting. It’s very hard for me and my family. I loved and admired him.

“I want to send a big hug to his son, Jordi, and his former son-in-law, and my condolences to his entire family and all Barca fans, because Johan is something unique for everyone, for the club, for Barca, the man who changed the destiny of the club.”

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