• Introducing a modern goalkeeper

It was Cruyff’s idea to replace the Netherlands goalkeeper Piet Shrijvers with Jan Jongbloed, who until the age of 15 had played as a striker, ahead of the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The Dutch national team, whose defenders were so often in the opposition’s half,…



What’s surprised you about Lionel Messi, seeing him every day here?

He surprised me in every way. Before coming here, I heard all the horrible things people say: that he’s very reserved and doesn’t talk to anyone. Now I see it completely differently. Aside from being the genius, off the pitch he’s always great with me – not just me, but when I see him with other people too. There’s nothing bad I can say about him.