Johan Cryuff Biography | Family | Career | Net Worth

Johan Cryuff Biography:


Johan Cruyff was one of the best forward the world had seen. When the ball was at his feet, opponents feared what was going to happen the next moment. Such was his influence in the game. His special type of body feint was named “ Cruyff Turn “ which always left the players and the goalkeeper in thought that what had happened.

Cruyff was one of the most influential figures. Not only as a player, but he also succeeded incredibly as a manager too. Ajax and Barcelona are among the clubs that have developed youth academies based on Cruyff’s coaching methods. His coaching philosophy helped lay the foundations for the revival of Ajax’s international successes in the 1990s.

On 24th March 2016, Johan Cruyff aged 68 passed away due to Lung cancer which had metastasized his brain. He had lost his speaking ability a week before his death. Johan Cruyff was cremated within 24 hrs of his death in Barcelona, Spain.

Johan Cruyff biography is all about his family, career as a player and manager and his success story.

Johan Cruyff Information
Full NameHendrick Johannes Cruyff
ProfessionDutch Footballer (Attacker)
Date of Birth & Age25th April 1947
Hometown & CountryAmsterdam, Netherlands
Height5ft 10in
SpouseDiana Margaretha "Danny" Coster
FatherHermanus Cornelis Cruijff
MotherPetronella Bernarda Draaijer
ChildrenDiana Margaretha "Danny" Coster
Career Information
Youth CareerAjax ( 1962-1963)
Senior CareerAjax, Barcelona, Los Angeles Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante, Ajax, Feyenoord
Playing PositionForward, Attacking midfielder

Johan Cryuff Family:


Johan Cruyff was born on 25th April 1947 in Amsterdam, just five minutes away from the Ajax Stadium. He was the second child of Hermanus Cornelis Cruijff and Petronella Bernarda Draaijer. He belonged to a working-class background. His father was a football lover and always encouraged Johan to play with his friends and schoolmates. In 1959, Cruyff’s father died from a heart attack at the age of 45 which had mentally effected Cruyff a lot.

On 13th June 1967, Johan met his future wife Diana Margaretha at the wedding of his Ajax teammate Petit Keizer. Johan and Diana married on 2nd December 1968. Diana’s father Cor Coster later became Cruyff’s agent. The marriage lasted happily for almost 50 years. Cruyff was a highly principled, devoted and family man, and he had three kinds are Chantal, Susila, and Jordi Cryuff, and Johan Cryuff Son Jordi Cryuff played his part for clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United and now he is the head coach of Ecuador national team.

Johan Cryuff Family plays an important role in Johan Cryuff Biography.



Johan Cryuff is one of the decorated footballers in his generation, he is the one who has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award three times in his career, and he is the first footballer who put the philosophy of total football, in the 1974 world cup because of his stunning performance for his country he won the Golden ball awards as well.

Johan Cruyff Stats  
Senior Career
1978–1979Los Angeles Aztecs2313
1979–1981Washington Diplomats3012
National Team Career



Cruyff and his friends frequently played in the ground in his neighborhood. Cruyff’s talent was noticed by Ajax coach Jany Van Der Veen and offered him a position in the Ajax youth team without any formal trial. Johan Cryuff Ajax first-team debut was made on 15 November 1964 in the Eredivisie, against GVAV, scoring the only goal for Ajax in a 3–1 defeat. Cruyff established himself as a regular first-team player in the season 1965-1966. He scored 8 goals in 7 matches that winter and ended the season with 25 goals in 23 games and helped Ajax claim the league title.

In the 1996-1997 season, Ajax won the league title and the KNVB Cup with Cruyff being the top scorer ending with 33 goals. In the next season, Ajax went on winning the 3rd consecutive league title and Cruyff claimed his 2nd Dutch Footballer of The Year. On 28th May 1969, Cruyff played his first European Final against AC Milan which resulted in a 4-1 loss. At the beginning of the 1970–71 season, he suffered a groin injury. He made his comeback on 30 October 1970 against PSV, and rather than wear his usual number 9, he wore the number 14. It was uncommon in those days for the players to wear any other jersey except for 1-11.

In a league game against AZ ’67 on 29 November 1970, Cruyff scored six goals in an 8–1 victory. After winning a replayed KNVB Cup final against Sparta Rotterdam by a score of 2–1, Ajax won in Europe for the first time. In 1972. Ajax claimed their 2nd European cup by beating Inter Milan in the finals by 2-0 with both the goals being scored by Cruyff. Cruyff became the top scorer that season with 25 goals and Johan Cryuff Champions league dream came true in that season with the Dutch Giants and in that season he also won the league title with them as well.

The Intercontinental Cup and the European Super Cup. A week later, against Go Ahead Eagles in a 6–0 win, Cruyff scored four times for Ajax. The 1972–73 season was concluded with another league championship victory and a third successive European Cup with a 1–0 win over Juventus in the final.



After his wonderful season with Ajax, Johan Cryuff Barcelona move was imminent and then, in the summer transfer window of 1973, Barcelona made the World Record Fee of $2 million sign Cruyff, his move to the European club Barcelona was one of the greatest chapters in Johan Cryuff Biography.Cruyff was expected to bring good fortunes for Barcelona and he met the expectations wisely. He helped Barcelona claim the Laliga title after 14 long years and also helped them to defeat arch-rivals Real Madrid by 5-0 in their home stadium. The fans had come out of their houses and started celebrating on the streets.

Cruyff had brought back good times, Barcelona remained at the top of their game with Cruyff. Cruyff stayed in Barcelona for 4 years and ended up scoring 43 goals in 143 appearances. Cruyff also scored one of his memorable goal against Atletico Madrid in which he leaped into the air, twisted his body so he was facing away from the goal, and kicked the ball past Miguel Reina in the Atlético goal with his right heel. Cruyff announced his retirement in 1978 after he had suffered a huge financial loss due to poor investments but he was found playing at local clubs of the United States.


Cruyff thought it foolish of himself to end his career at a young age of 31 even after having some more to give. In January 1981, he signed for the second division side Levante. Injuries and disagreement with the administration always stood as an obstruction for the Veteran. He ended the season scoring two goals in ten games and decided to leave the club after he failed to carry the team to the first division.



On 30th November 1980, Cruyff decided to sign for his first club Ajax as they were suffering a lot due to bad form. When Cruyff joined, Ajax was eighth in the league table but the impact of Cruyff was so that Ajax finished 2nd that season.  With Cruyff, Ajax became unstoppable and claimed the league title in both the seasons 1981-1982 and 1982-1983. Ajax also won the KNVB Cup in the season 1982-1983.

In 1982, Cruyff scored his famous penalty kick against Helmond Sport. He put the ball down on the penalty spot, took a regular run up then instead of taking the shot, he passed the ball to teammate Jesper Olsen who passed it back to Cruyff and Cruyff calmly tapped the ball into the empty net keeping the goalkeeper confused on the other side. Despite giving so much for the club, Ajax refused to offer a new contract to Cruyff which had angered Cruyff a lot and he decided to join Ajax’s arch-rivals Feyenoord.



Johan Cryuff Feyenoord Career was as after suffering from an illness he decided to play for the Ajax Arch Rivals, Cruyff played one season with Feyenoord and played all the matches except one in because of sickness. Feyenoord had one of the most successful seasons because of Cruyff. Feyenoord claimed the league title, won the KNVB Cup and won the Eredivisie after a long decade. Cruyff played his last game for Feyenoord against AL Ahli in which the team was loosing 1-0 but Cruyff turned the game by scoring one and providing one assist. After that game on 13th May 1984, he brought the conclusion to a long successful career.

International Career:


The Netherland National Team had never lost a match in which Cruyff had scored. On 7 September 1966, Johan Cryuff Netherlands debut was made in the UEFA Euro 1968 qualifier against Hungary, scoring in the 2–2 draw. In his second match, a friendly against Czechoslovakia, Cruyff was the first Dutch international to receive a red card. The Royal Dutch Football Association banned him from Ajax games but not internationals.

The Netherlands had chosen Cruyff to be their captain in the 1974 World Cup. The Netherlands went all the way to the finals knocking out Argentina, East Germany, and Brazil. Cruyff became the first captain to carry the Netherlands to the finals of the World Cup, but Johan Cryuff World cup dream got shattered when they lost the final match to West Germany.  but in the world cup finals, Johan Cryuff Biography narrates that in that world cup the Dutch sensation played a pivotal role for his country.

The kick-off was taken by the Netherlands and soon the Netherlands got a penalty after Cruyff was fouled inside the D-box. Before the penalty, West Germany had failed even to touch the ball. The penalty was taken by Johan Neeskans which gave the Netherlands the 1-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, the midfield of West Germany dominated the game and sealed a 2-1 victory. But this had marked one of the finest performances of the Netherlands Team which gave Cruyff the World Cup Golden Ball.

Before the start of the 1978 World Cup, Cruyff had helped the Netherlands qualify for the World Cup but in 1977 Cruyff retired from International Football and refused to play the 1998 World cup. Without their captain, the team again failed to win the Final. Cruyff later stated that a year before the world cup, Cruyff’s family were tried to be kidnapped which had moved him mentally and for playing World Cup, one needs to be 200% mentally fit.

Johan Cryuff Retirement:


The Legendary Dutchman announces his retirement from the football in the year 1978, but during that time he was suffering from many illnesses and spends a huge amount of money to cure it, after recovering from the Illness he decided to play again and in the year 1984 he played his last match for Feyenoord. though he did not Withdraw himself totally from the sports and he becomes the manager of some legendary clubs and under his coaching, Barcelona played the “Tiki-Taka” football for the first time.

Johan Cryuff Post Retirement:


Johan Cryuff Biography covers his entire Managerial journey, after retirement as a professional player, Cruyff’s heart remained with football so he decided to follow his mentor Riniel Michel’s footsteps and came back to the game as a coach.

In the 1985-1986 season, ajax finished 2nd in the league under the coaching of Cruyff. In the 1985-1986 and the 1986-1987 season, Cruyff coached Ajax to win the KNVB Cup. Cruyff decided to try his dream formation 3-4-3. The formation worked unexpectedly and Ajax won the Champion’s League title under the strategies of Cruyff in 1995.

Barcelona was in debt and crisis along with a continuous bad performance by the team. The management after seeing the success of their former player Cruyff with Ajax appointed Cruyff as the manager in 1989, and Johan Cryuff Fc Barcelona managerial journey began Cruyff calmly met the expectations of the management and brought back the glorious era.

Cruyff signed some world-class players such as Pep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, Txiki Begiristain, Andoni Goikoetxea, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário, Gheorghe Hagi and Hristo Stoichkov.  Cruyff had made the Barca team in a way that people around the world started calling it the “Dream Team”. Cruyff introduced the system of tiki-taka play which runs in the Barca team to date.

Cruyff had made the Barca’s European Cup dream come true. Before the team went out to play the finals in 1992, Cruyff just gave on instruction to his players “ Just go out and enjoy yourself”. The game went on to the extra time were at the 111th minute Ronald Koeman scored a stunning freekick. Cruyff went on winning 11 trophies with Barca in just 5 seasons. He was one of the most successful managers and the longest-serving manager of Barca history.

Cruyff was appointed as the manager of the Catalonia National team in 2009. In his debut match, he coached the Catalonia National Team to seal a victory over mighty Argentina.  Cruyff managed his last match for the Catalonia National Team on 2nd January 2013 against Nigeria which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Johan Cryuff Net Worth:


from various sources, we get to know that the net worth of the famous dutch footballer in the year 2019 was around $5 Million, and he has earned most of his money from the game by playing outstanding football and managing the clubs to the new reach.

Johan Cryuff Records and Achievements:




Eredivisie: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1982–83.

KNVB Cup: 1966–67, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1982–83.

European Cup: 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73.

Intercontinental Cup: 1972.


La Liga: 1973–74.

Copa del Rey: 1977–78.


Eredivisie: 1983–84.

KNVB Cup: 1983–84.


FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 1974.

UEFA European Championship Third place: 1976.



KNVB Cup: 1985–86, 1986–87.

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1986–87.


La Liga: 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94.

Copa del Rey: 1989–90.

Supercopa de España: 1991, 1992, 1994.

European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 1991–92.

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1988–89.

UEFA Super Cup: 1992.


  • Cruyff receiving the 1971 Ballon d’Or.
  • Ballon d’Or: 1971, 1973, 1974; Third place: 1975.
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1968, 1972, 1984
  • Dutch Sportsman of the Year: 1973, 1974.
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1974.
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974.
  • IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1970/71, 1972/73.
  • Don Balón Award: 1977, 1978.
  • North American Soccer League MVP: 1979.
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994.
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002.
  • World Team of the 20th Century.
  • FIFA 100.
  • World Soccer’s Greatest XI of All Time: 2013.
  • World Soccer’s The Greatest Players of the 20th Century: #3.
  • France Football’s Player of the Century: #3.
  • IFFHS European Player of the Century: #1.
  • IFFHS World Player of the Century: #2.
  • IFFHS Legends.


  • World Soccer Awards Manager of the Year: 1987.
  • Don Balón Award for Coach of the Year: 1991, 1992.
  • Onze d’Or for Coach of the Year: 1991, 1992.
  • European Coach of the Season: 1991–92.
  • France Football 4th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2019.
  • World Soccer 29th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013.

Orders and further honors:

  • In 1974, Cruyff was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.
  • In 2002, Cruyff was promoted to Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau.
  • In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA’s Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of the Netherlands by the KNVB as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
  • On 22 May 2006, Cruyff has presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football by Laureus in their annual World Sports Awards.
  • In April 2016, Cruyff was posthumously awarded the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award, which was accepted by his son Jordi.
  • Cruyff received a lifetime achievement award from the KNVB in August 2006.
  • In 2006, Cruyff played in Dennis Bergkamp’s Testimonial as a second-half substitute with Ajax.
  • On 18 April 2007, Ajax decided to retire the number 14 shirt in honour of Cruyff and in celebration of his birthday.
  • In 2010, Cruyff was presented the FIFA Order of Merit (the highest honor awarded by FIFA) for his significant contribution to football.
  • In 2010, Cruyff entered the FICTS “Hall of Fame” and was awarded “Excellence Guirlande D’Honneur”.
  • In 2013, Cruyff was recognized with the UEFA President’s Award.
  • On 29 March 2016, the Prime Minister of Spain awarded Cruyff with the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit.
  • On 25 October 2017, the Amsterdam Arena was renamed Johan Cruyff Arena.


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