Johan Cruyff

1947 - 2016

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Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (25 April 1947 – 24 March 2016), commonly known as Johan Cruyff (Dutch: [ˈjoːɦɑŋ ˈkrœyf] ), was a Dutch professional football player and manager. Regarded as one of the greatest players in history and as the greatest Dutch footballer ever, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Cruyff was a proponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football developed by Rinus Michels, which Cruyff also employed as a manager. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johan Cruyff has received more than 10,979,912 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). Johan Cruyff is the 3rd most popular soccer player (down from 2nd in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Soccer Player.

Johan Cruyff is most famous for his football career and his contributions to the game as a player and coach. He is the only player to win the Ballon d'Or three times, and he was the first player to win three consecutive European Cups with three different clubs. Cruyff led the Netherlands to their only major international title when they won the 1974 World Cup.

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Among soccer players, Johan Cruyff ranks 3 out of 21,273Before him are Pelé, and Franz Beckenbauer. After him are Ferenc Puskás, Lev Yashin, Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Garrincha, Gerd Müller, Eusébio, and Mário Zagallo.

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Among people born in 1947, Johan Cruyff ranks 4Before him are Hillary Clinton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. After him are Paulo Coelho, Stephen King, David Bowie, Elton John, David Letterman, Brian Johnson, Dilma Rousseff, and Florentino Pérez. Among people deceased in 2016, Johan Cruyff ranks 3Before him are Muhammad Ali, and Fidel Castro. After him are Shimon Peres, Umberto Eco, Bud Spencer, David Bowie, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Rickman, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Leonard Cohen, and Zaha Hadid.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Johan Cruyff ranks 7 out of 1,646Before him are Vincent van Gogh (1853), Rembrandt (1606), Johannes Vermeer (1632), Erasmus (1466), Baruch Spinoza (1632), and Piet Mondrian (1872). After him are Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Hugo Grotius (1583), and Abel Tasman (1603).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In Netherlands

Among soccer players born in Netherlands, Johan Cruyff ranks 1After him are Ruud Gullit (1962), Rob Rensenbrink (1947), Edwin van der Sar (1970), Jan Jongbloed (1940), Ruud Krol (1949), Arie Haan (1948), Dennis Bergkamp (1969), Johnny Rep (1951), René van de Kerkhof (1951), Piet Keizer (1943), and Ruud van Nistelrooy (1976).