Johann Cruyff is the godfather of modern football as we know it.
Born in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, just down the road from Ajax, he would take a lead from Rinus Michels, gifting Total Football to the world.
Their unique brand of expansive, high-tempo, pressing football would lead the Dutch club to eight league titles and three consecutive European Cup crowns.
But that was just the beginning – FC Barcelona were next, where Cruyff would cement a legacy as great as anyone who has ever been involved with the game.
After claiming a Spanish league title as a player, Cruyff embarked on a coaching career that saw him set up a Dream Team.
They would win four consecutive league titles and the club’s first ever European Cup.
But more than the trophies, Cruyff left an idea – one that gave birth to Barca as we know it today, and to a whole host of the modern game’s elite coaches.
Barca owe it all to Cruyff. But they’re not the only ones – all football fans do, too.