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Johan Cruyff is described as one of football’s greatest and most important players ever.
That only makes this tribute to Henrik Larsson even more powerful.

Henrik Larsson is undoubtedly one of our absolute greatest footballers of all time, and his track record speaks for itself to say the least. He has won the Golden Boot in Europe, won the Champions League with Barcelona, ​​and scored goals wherever he has played. And the accolades from some of the world’s greatest really speak for themselves.

Loved Henke

Gianluigi Buffon has said that Larsson is one of the best players he has met, and the brass icon Ronaldinho called Henke, well and good, the “idol”. But perhaps the most powerful tribute of all came from none other than Johan Cruyff, one of football’s most influential, most skilled and most important footballers.

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900215 Johan Cruyff, Ajax, smoking a cigarette © Bildbyrån

Johan Cruyff was the player who stepped into one type of football and left a completely different one – all thanks to his ideas and thoughts. As a player, Cruyff was a pioneer, with technique as his hallmark, and as a coach, he was the father of total football. It is often said that if it were not for Johan Cruyff, we would have no Lionel Messi, no Xavi, no Iniesta and no Pep Guardiola. The way he changed Barcelona – and world football – will never be forgotten.

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“The ultimate team player”

And among all the players in the world, Henrik Larsson was a big favorite of Johan Cruyff, and that says nothing about what an incredible player Henke was. In connection with a Fifa gala in the early 2000s, when Henke played in Barcelona, ​​the Dutchman showered praise on the Swede.

– I love his simple, honest style of football, said the icon, before continuing:

– Henrik doesn’t just live for the goals he scores – he is so much more than that.

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060517 Soccer, Champions League Final: Henrik Larsson, Barcelona, ​​cheers after victory in the Champions League. medal, gold, arena Stade De France, confetti. © Bildbyrån – 70213 –

Cruyff was thus not only impressed by Henrik Larsson’s slightly unbelievable goal score, but also the work he put in on the pitch to lift his teammates.

– He is the ultimate team player and what he is doing at the moment makes the players around him better.

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