Alves: Cruyff tribute fell short

Dani Alves admitted Barcelona should not have waited until Johan Cruyff passed away to honour him as “the tribute to him at Camp Nou fell short”.

A mosaic reading ‘Gracies, Johan’ – Catalan for ‘Thanks, Johan’ – was organised at Camp Nou before the Clasico on Saturday, but Alves felt Barca “should’ve done something much earlier” instead of waiting until the Dutchman lost his battle with lung cancer.

“I don’t think you should wait for a person as big as Cruyff to die to in order to pay tribute to him,” he told BeIN Sports.

“We should’ve done something much earlier.

“He’s someone who revolutionised Barcelona because he contributed greatly to the club.

“The tribute to him at Camp Nou fell short in light of how big he was for the club.”

Manchester United honoured one of their living legends in Bobby Charlton over the weekend by naming a stand after him before their 1-0 win against Everton on Sunday.

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