"He was so mature. He was such a skinny little kid but he had such immense stamina. He could run all over the field and he could do everything: set movements up, fly down the wing, run into the penalty area, head the ball in. Left foot, right foot, anything - and such speed."
Vic Buckingham, Cruyff's first coach at Ajax

"He was certainly the best footballer Europe has produced"
Franz Beckenbauer, who led West Germany to victory over the Netherlands in the 1974 FIFA World Cup™ Final

"When you saw Cruyff off the pitch he was like a thin boy. But on the pitch he was from another planet."
Rinus Michels, Cruyff's coach with Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands