December 5th, 2013 by admin
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has said that it is disappointing to know that either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the chance to be at the World Cup 2014. Portugal and Sweden have been paired against each other in the play-off round for the World Cup. Only one of the team will be present in the finals, which means that either one of the superstars will have to watch the tournament on television. Cruyff has stated that he would rather prefer to see Ronaldo at the World Cup, although he is disappointed to see one of the miss out on the tournament.
Cruyff has said that the playing abilities are not responsible for his decision to pick Ronaldo, but it is the political influences that made him choose the player who plays in Spain. Cruyff is currently living in Spain after a spectacular career that saw him manage Barcelona. Cruyff is responsible for introducing the style of football that Barcelona are known for around the world. New manager Gerardo Martino has been attempting to change the style of play, and so far he has been successful in that regard.
“It is a huge blow for the World Cup that one of these two players won’t make it. It”s a sad situation. I don’t really have a preference between the two of them, but if I had to make a choice I would rather see Ronaldo qualify. That’s a bit of a political decision though, as I live in Spain. They’re different types of players. I have criticised both of them in the past because I think they should behave like role models,” said the former Barcelona manager.
Barcelona are top of the table with a three-point advantage over Atletico Madrid and a six-point advantage over Real Madrid. Ronaldo is the favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this season.
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Former Holland international Johan Cruyff has said that the national team should improve their performance significantly if they are to do well at the 2014 World Cup. Holland have become one of the first nations to qualify for the World Cup after securing a 2-0 win over Andorra in the qualifiers. Italy are the only other team from Europe to have made it to the World Cup at this stage itself. Despite this, Cruyff thinks that the team would struggle at the World Cup if they do not improve their performance, while he also sees the lack of experience is a major problem.
Holland made it to the finals of the 2010 World Cup, but since then they have been very disappointing. The appointment of Louis van Gaal, though, appears to have made the team a little better when it comes to getting results. Of course, they have qualified for the World Cup in stunning fashion, but the real test of the team will come at the World Cup when there are only top teams involved. Brazil will be one of the favourites to win the competition being the home team. The likes of Spain and Italy will also be mentioned as possible favourites.
Cruyff is regarded as one of the best Dutch players ever and he has won numerous FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.
“If this [level] continues we will be lucky to survive the group stage [at the World Cup]. There is a lack of experience. Take, for example, Brazil and think about at the Confederations Cup. Those Brazilians in Brazil will slaughter us unless we are able to stand up in a footballing way. There is one year left. In the past we have kept things at a high level, and the last time we were in the finals. Let’s hope that this generation can match that,” said Cruyff.
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Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff is regarded as one of the legends in the game. He has said that Barcelona should now consider selling Argentine ace Lionel Messi after securing the signature of Santos striker Neymar for around £ 50 million. The highly rated Brazilian striker has joined Barcelona ahead of the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea, who were also in the hunt for his signature. The 21-year-old is clearly the future of Barcelona. Lionel Messi is at the peak of his powers at 26 years of age, but Cruyff thinks that this is probably right time for Barcelona to sell the Argentine star.
He is of the opinion that the presence of Neymar will certainly cause some tension within the squad, which can be avoided by the sale of Messi. It remains to be seen if this suggestion will actually take place because Messi is regarded as the best player in the world. He has won the last four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards to prove this aspect. It also remains to be seen at any club can afford Messi, who has a release clause of £ 200 million in his contract. Due to Neymar’s style of play, it will be difficult to accommodate both him and Messi in the same team according to Cruyff.
“With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi. Some would agree with me and others would not. Neymar’s arrival could cause problems. Just look at free kicks for example. Neymar is very good at taking them. And Messi has already shown he is great, too. Who’s going to take them. Or the fact that Neymar and Barcelona are with Nike while Leo is with Adidas. These are situations that could cause problems,” said Cruyff to the Spanish daily Marca.