L’Equipe have led the way in the powerful newspaper back pages dedicated to Johan Cruyff the day after his death.
Yesterday afternoon it was announced via the Dutchman’s official website that he had passed away after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.
And the football world has been in mourning ever since at the loss of a true legend.
The French newspaper ran with the headline “HE WAS THE GAME” as they paid tribute to Cruyff’s life:
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant had a simple but brilliant tribute of their own:
The majority of British newspapers followed the same line, dedicating the whole back page to the Ajax and Barcelona great.
The Sun’s tribute was particularly powerful, going with a “HEAVEN HAS A NEW PLAYMAKER” headline:
The Independent are renowned for a powerful splash and they didn’t disappoint with Cruyff, writing “The final whistle” alongside a “Johan Cruyff, Dutch legend and creator of the beautiful game, passed away yesterday, aged 68” subdeck:
Chief sports writer Paul Hayward had the unenviable task of penning a tribute to Cruyff for the Telegraph and his piece was introduced with an “A genius like no other” headline:
The Daily Express have also made their mark, with their loud “THE MAN WHO REINVENTED FOOTBALL” headline a fitting one alongside a more recent picture of Cruyff:
More back pages are sure to emerge throughout the day and we’ll make sure you’re kept updated with them all across Britain, Holland, Spain and the rest of the world.