Barcelona unveil statue of Johan Cruyff outside the Nou Camp in tribute to iconic Dutchman as they also name new B team stadium in his honour
- Barcelona have unveiled a new bronze statue to club legend Johan Cruyff
- Friends and family of the former Barca player and manager were present
- The 3.5m tall statue is situated next to the club’s Nou Camp stadium
- Barca have also named their new B team stadium in Cruyff’s honour
Barcelona have unveiled a statue of club legend Johan Cruyff outside their famous Nou Camp stadium.
Friends and family of the former Barca player and manager were present, as the gleaming tribute was revealed to the public.
Current president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed the gathered crowd, and outlined what the Dutchman brought to the club and what his legacy means.
Barcelona have unveiled a statue of club legend Johan Cruyff outside their famous stadium
The tribute stands outside the Nou Camp and shows the Dutchman pointing with his left arm
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu gave a speech to the crowd at the unveiling
Cruyff pictured in the colours of Barcelona before a La Liga match in January 1977
‘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.
A number of former players were also in attendance, including Carles Puyol, Sergi Barjuan and Albert Ferrer.
Barcelona have 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.
Johan’s son Jordi points to the statue of his father as it was officially unveiled in Barcelona
(Left to right) Susila, Jordi and Danny Cruyff pose with Barcelona president Bartomeu
Cruyff played for the club for five seasons in the 1970s before returning as their manager
The new arena was officially opened with a friendly match between the youth teams of Barcelona and Ajax on Tuesday.
The statue, which is made from bronze and stands 3.5 metres 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.