In a short news post, word came today that Johan Cruijff is battling lung cancer.
As with all news such as this, the first reaction is hand wringing, shrieks and eulogies. But without knowing what kind of cancer or its state, all we can presume is that like Abidal, the fiery, 68-year-old Dutchman will kick cancer in the ass with elegance and style.
For those who might be newer to this whole Barça thing, Cruijff is basically a huge part of the reason we are celebrating so many trophies. From a philosophy of play to the tone of La Masia, Dream Teams and Total Football, the man is fundamental to everything about this great club.
He has strong, polarizing opinions, and is often wrong. This would never, has never and will never stop him from expressing them. The Ballon d’Or is just people voting for their friends. Neymar and Messi would never work. Right and wrong. He’s a huge success story, an ego gone berserk, a pain in the ass and a full-on Barça legend.
The fact that he is such an unadulterated badass is the basic reason that any sadness, eulogizing, etc is premature.