On 24 March 2016, the world was stunned by the news of Johan Cruyff’s death. From the moment that his family announced the loss, expressions of grief started coming in from every corner of the planet. Barça was bidding a final farewell to one of the most important figures in its history, and the football world was losing one of the greatest players and managers of all time. The Flying Dutchman, as he was known in his playing days in Catalonia, changed the way we see football.
One year later, FC Barcelona and the sports world in general are still grieving over the parting of someone who played such a central role in shaping the modern game. Cruyff was honoured from March 24 not just at Barça, but also at Ajax, in Holland and throughout the world. FC Barcelona set up a memorial at Camp Nou and the space remained opened for four days, when an astonishing 60,525 fans came to pay their last respects.
These included all the living Barça presidents (Agustí Montal, Raimon Carrasco, José Luis Núñez, Joan Gaspart, Enric Reyna, Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu).
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