Barcelona have announced that they are to pay a series of tributes to Johan Cruyff, including the decision to name a new ground after the Netherlands great.
Cruyff is regarded as one of the all-time legends of the game and achieved brilliance with the Catalan side both as a player and a coach. Indeed, he is widely credited for importing and implementing the tiki-taka style that has been such a feature of the club’s anatomy.
He passed away aged 68 a year ago, and in tribute to one of the great figures of their club, Barcelona will take a series of steps to commemorate him.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu announced these to the media on Saturday, with the club’s new stadium at their training complex to be named after Cruyff.
“The future stadium at the Ciutat Esportiva will be named after Johan Cruyff,” he declared. “The Club will also promote the creation of a commemorative statue in honour of Cruyff, which will be placed in the future Camp Nou
"The Club will also promote the creation of a commemorative statue in honour of @JohanCruyff, which will be placed in the future Camp Nou" pic.twitter.com/qqmIbSyqTP — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 25, 2017
“We will also dedicate a section of the FC Barcelona Museum to recognise the figure and history of Cryuff.”
Barca have announced that among the artefacts to be placed in the museum are the Ballon d’Or the player won in 1974 and a shirt he wore while playing with the club.
Moreover, they have also asked that the player is recognised in the city centre by the town council.