He was clearly a multi-faceted and therefore almost automatically a complex person, leading to many contradicting descriptions about his personality. Of course there are also some things that are the same in most descriptions: that he was confident about the things he could do well, had a strong moral compass, (unintentionally) helped many people moving forward, disliked theoretical ideas without a practical application. He had his opinions but also knew when to take a step to the background "in order to let trees grow". If he then said Neymar can't really play together with Messi and Suarez, he meant that as a warning sign and motivational tool. But he didn't always wanted to be on the forefront and knew he could be more useful by not always cutting grass away for others (I think). As the 'spielverlagerung' article on him says, he was very good in delegating tasks. Because as good as he was in understanding and grasping many different things, step in when problem arise, nobody can do it all alone. ------------------------------------------- Vielleicht Johan Cruyff, der bewusst zum FC Barcelona wechselte. Am katalanischen Nationalfeiertag 1977 marschierten Millionen Menschen für die Selbstbestimmung Kataloniens. Auf der Demo hatten die Barcelona Spieler einen eigen Block. Angeführt von Johan Cruyff.— Michael Wiemer (@MichaWiemer) December 1, 2018 Bojan Krkic: "He was one of the nicest people I met in football. Before I went to Ajax I spoke to him and he spoke with Ajax and helped me. He was important for me. He didn't show to you: 'you are talking to Johan Cruyff'. He was a really nice guy, with honest conversations. I felt human when I spoke to him, one of the most honest and emphatic men I met in football." https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/football-daily/how-bojan-found-happiness-in-kiQUNgnDcob/ Obviously he had sometimes also unpopular/polarizing opinions: When the three-time Ballon d'Or winner heard that Franco's police had arrested 13 members of the Catalan opposition, he sent an autographed photo to his friend and journalist Xavier Folch in prison saying: "Xavier, I am hoping to see you again soon at Barca." "Probably because I was Dutch and famous I thought nobody could touch me, that's why I said: 'Well, you can do it'," Cruyff said in the documentary. "Cruyff began to realise that in Barcelona there is a different language, a way of being different. This then permeated his personality," Ramon Miravitllas, author of The Political Function of Barca, told AFP. When Cruyff arrived at Barcelona the team were second bottom in the league. But they won 17 games in a row – including 5-0 against Real Madrid – to win their first La Liga title in 14 years. "Once we were champions, instead of saying 'congratulations', everyone said 'thanks', and it was then that I realised that it was not just about the title, it was more than that," Cruyff recalled. "He always said that he was a Catalan Dutchman, he identified with the people, the culture and customs of Catalonia," journalist Jordi Finestres told AFP. He was the first club captain to wear an armband with the colours of the Catalan flag. Cruyff was an advocate of the right of the Catalonia people to vote on their own independence in a referendum, a view which even now is only backed by one Spanish political party at a national level, the far left Podemos. "I think that Catalonia should always decide for itself," Cruyff said. "There can be no other person who decides for you to do things a certain way." His autobiography is a very mixed and incomplete work, but he explains well there why he stopped with being head coach after 10 years. "I'd stopped being a player and I'd stopped being a coach. But after that I didn't get bored for a minute. I'm determined to go on evolving; that's always been part of my motivation. As a footballer and trainer I was always an idealist, so I wanted to apply my experiences to new challenges. That idea worked from day one. Pretty much everything I came into contact with had something to do with the things I'm good at.[...] That's why I actually never missed daily coaching, not least because it didn't feel good doing something I'd done before. I didn't want to repeat myself, I wanted to move on." Of course he also evolved a bit as a coach over time, which is necessary for making a difference in very different settings, but there's some truth in that eventually it can become a repeat of previous work.