Barcelona unveil giant statue outside Camp Nou in honour of late club legend Johan Cruyff (Photos)—
Barcelona have unveiled a giant statue outside their famous Nou Camp stadium in honour of late club legend, Johan Cruyff.
The event took place today, August 27, with friends and family of the former Barca player and manager present at the ceremony.
Barcelona also named their new B team stadium in honour of the Dutchman, who played five seasons for the club between 1973 and 1978 before returning to manage them between 1988 and 1996.
Barcelona also named their new B team stadium in honour of the Dutchman, who played five seasons for the club between 1973 and 1978 before returning to manage them between 1988 and 1996.During the ceremony, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed the gathered crowd as he spoke on the legacy Cruyff brought to the club.
‘This statue shall be a permanent reminder of Johan Cruyff and what he represents. Johan Cruyff is a very important part of our history, essence, and sentiment.’
Cruyff’s wife Danny, son Jordi and daughter Susila were there for the unveiling.
According to Mail Online Football, the statue, which is made from bronze and stands 3.5m high, was created in four months by the Dutch sculptress Corry Ammerlaan van Niekerk. It depicts Cruyff with the captain’s armband and No 9 shirt on his back issuing instructions with an outstretched arm.
Johan Cruyff, who was the greatest Dutch footballer of his generation, died at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.