‘Cruyff changed more than Barca style’

Lionel Messi says Johan Cruyff “changed Barcelona’s mentality and style of play” in a continuation of his tribute to the Dutchman, who died on Thursday.

Messi took to his official Facebook account to hail Cruyff as a “legend” in wake of the Barca great losing his battle with lung cancer, and he elaborated on his praise of the latter after Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile the same evening, 

“He was very influential in world football and changed Barcelona’s mentality and style of play,” the No 10 said.

“A big part of Barcelona’s recent success is down to him.

“He was a much-loved person in football and especially by Barcelona fans.”

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