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Johan Cruyff

1947 - 2016

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Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (Dutch: [ˈjoːɦɑŋ ˈkrœyf] (listen), internationally known as Johan Cruyff; 25 April 1947 – 24 March 2016) was a Dutch professional football player and manager. As a player, 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 explored by Rinus Michels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johan Cruyff has received more than 8,965,255 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Johan Cruyff is the 2nd most popular soccer player, the 10th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 12th 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 2 out of 16,880Before him are Pelé. After him are Ferenc Puskás, Diego Maradona, Lev Yashin, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Eusébio, Garrincha, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Zinedine Zidane, and Giuseppe Meazza.

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

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Johan Cruyff ranks 10 out of 1,427Before him are Erasmus (1466), Baruch Spinoza (1632), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Piet Mondrian (1872), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632). After him are Christiaan Huygens (1629), Hugo Grotius (1583), Mata Hari (1876), Abel Tasman (1603), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), and Daniel Bernoulli (1700).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In Netherlands

Among soccer players born in Netherlands, Johan Cruyff ranks 1After him are Ruud Gullit (1962), Leo Beenhakker (1942), Rob Rensenbrink (1947), Edwin van der Sar (1970), Dennis Bergkamp (1969), Wim Jansen (1946), Ruud Krol (1949), Arie Haan (1948), Piet Keizer (1943), René van de Kerkhof (1951), and Willy van de Kerkhof (1951).