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A bit of a disappointment from someone who was obviously one of the best players to ever grace the game and influence it as a player, manager and visionary.
However the book was low in detail in his playing and managing years and high on detail in his opinion of Ajax and in particular the board and the mistakes they made... largely not listening to him. He comes across in the book as someone without humility or self awareness. Shame.
This is not a bad book. I know that 3 stars can mean the death of a book here, but I don't regret listening to it. But this is because I'm an avid football and Barca fan and enjoyed learning about how things came about in the things that I love. If you're not predisposed to Ajax, Barca, or the concept of total football, I would not recommend.
Mostly this is because 50% of the book seems as though Cruyff has saved every piece of reportage that criticized him in his career and now goes through one by one and counters what they had to say. He is constantly addressing his critics and criticisms made of him long ago. Cruyff is a legend regardless of your opinion of him. One of the games greatest and one of those who had the most influence. I thought he could have told his side without being defensive.
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if you are a football fan, you will love this. The father of modern football. This book was inspirational and honest.
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