Barcelona's philosophy of building teams is much more effective in the long run than Real Madrid's...Johan Cruyff has stated that he does not like Real Madrid's big spending philosophy and thinks that Barcelona's way produces a team that supporters can identify with.
The outspoken Dutchman was reflecting the views of several fans of Los Merengues interviewed on television in Spain in recent days who have stated that they are not keen on the big-money arrivals.
While Madrid are set to spend even more than the €161 million they are to pay for Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, Cruyff explained the values of Barcelona's system.
"They are to distinct philosophies," he told radio station Cadena Ser.
"One is Barca's where the youth team is drawn from and the other is done by buying.
"I am on the side of the first type because it has more advantages.
"If we play and 90 per cent of the team are from Catalunya or nearby and the players have been brought through the ranks then they will seem more like one of us."
Ronaldo's transfer will break the world record when his move from Manchester United is completed later this month and Cruyff has stated that it will cause a spiral effect.
"Nobody is worth that much money. I do not agree with the amount they are paying," he continued.
"If one club pays that much money then it is like a domino effect and other clubs will start to do it.
"Now Manchester United have lost an important player and they will have to spend big in order to replace him."
Having spent so much money, Real Madrid will now be expected to challenge for every trophy and Cruyff believes that in Europe they will have to perform superbly.
"Madrid will have pressure on them in the Champions League as the final is to be played at the Bernabeu next season," he added.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com