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Barcelona to honour Cruyff by building statue and naming new stadium after him

Date Posted,March 26, 2017

Barcelona will honour Johan Cruyff with a series of tributes that include a new statue and naming the B team’s new stadium after the Dutch legend.

Cruyff, who passed away a year ago, played a crucial role in the formation of the Catalan club’s glory years.

And the Blaugrana have now released details of how they will ‘forever’ pay tribute to his immeasurable contribution.

“First of all, the future stadium in the Ciutat Esportiva training complex is to be named the ‘Estadi Johan Cruyff,” read an official club statement. “Therefore, the most emblematic building in the facility where future Barça players are coached is to be named after somebody who played such a central role in fostering youth talent at the club.

The famous Cruyff jersey to be presented in the club museum (Photo: AFP)
Jordi Cruyff hands over his father’s Ballon d’Or trophy to Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu (Photo: AFP)
Barcelona pay tribute to Cruyff (Photo: AFP)
Johan Cruyff in action for FC Barcelona during the 1977/1978 season
Cruyff in action for FC Barcelona in 1977 (Photo: Getty)
Johan Cruyff coach of Barcelona looks on during the Champions League against Viking Stavanger in 1992
Cruyff in 1992 while in charge of the Blaugrana (Photo: Getty)

“The club shall also be overseeing the creation of a commemorative sculpture to honour the memory of Johan Cruyff, which shall be located in the future Camp Nou, the central part of the Espai Barça project.”

The Catalan giants will also section off a part of their club museum for the European Cup-winning coach, which will include his Ballon d’Or award, which he won in 1974, and his famous No.9 jersey.

The club have also been in touch with the Barcelona City Council to explore the possibility of naming a street near the Camp Nou in his name.

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