Cruyff, who played over 250 games for the Dutch side before becoming their manager in 1988, died just over 12 months ago after a long battle with lung cancer.
And on what would have been Cruyff’s 70th birthday, Ajax have confirmed they have renamed the Amsterdam ArenA the Johan Cruyff ArenA.
It’s understood that the club’s board, the mayor of Amsterdam and the chief of sports and recreation in the city all agreed on the name change as a mark of respect for the creator of “total football”.
Jordi posted this message via his official Twitter account, thanking everyone who played a role in changing the name of the stadium:
— Jordi Cruyff (@JordiCruyff) April 25, 2017
Ajax are currently second in the Eredivisie, four points behind leaders Feyenoord.
Cruyff’s former side are also in the semi-finals of this year’s Europa League, where they face French club Lyon.
While renaming the stadium is undoubtedly a fantastic tribute to Cruyff, if the club could do the business on the pitch and deliver silverware this season, it would surely have made the World Cup winner proud.