Messi absent from Johan Cruyff’s all-time best XI

October 6, 2016

The late Barcelona legend, Johan Cruyff, left five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi out of his all-time best XI.

The former Barcelona player named his best XI without Messi in his much-anticipated autobiography, called ‘My Turn’.

Unsurprisingly, none of the players in the team are still in action.

Despite Cruyff’s admiration for the Argentine star, the Dutchman dismissed talk that Messi is the best ever, saying it was ‘too early.’

Johan Cruyff revealed his all-time best XI in his posthumously released autobiography 

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been left out of Cruyff's star studded line-up

Lev Yashin; Carlos Alberto; Franz Beckenbauer; Ruud Krol; Pep Guardiola; Alfredo di Stefano; Bobby Charlton; Garrincha; Diego Maradona; Pele; Piet Keizer

If Cruyff was around for when Messi decides to retire, then perhaps the latter would have been named in this great side.

Among those named in the team, include Real Madrid icon Alfredo di Stefano and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who he used to coach at the Nou Camp.

The likes of Pele, Diego Maradona, Franz Beckenbaeur and Bobby Charlton all line-up in a star studded line up for Cruyff.

In his posthumously released autobiography published this week, the Dutch legend also tells some fascinating stories.

Cruyff claimed he blocked the Nou Camp hierarchy from allowing Guardiola to depart for the Spanish second division.

Cruyff claimed he blocked the Nou Camp hierarchy from allowing  Pep Guardiola to leave


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