Dutch legend Johann Cruyff has named his best football team, and surprisingly left out the greatest two talents of this generation; Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi.
Cruyff reveals his greatest team in history in a new book ‘Football, my philosophy’ and Charlton – the only Englishman in the Dutchman’s side, who played 106 times for England – lines up in a four man midfield with Alfredo Di Stefano, Piet Keizer and Pep Guardiola.
Speaking at the launch of the book Cruyff also revealed how tough it would be for his protégée Guardiola to decide which step to take next in his career.
He said: ‘It is so difficult for him because everybody is going to compare what he does now with what he achieved at Barcelona and he will no longer have all the organisation of the club behind him. He will be practically starting from zero.
‘I know how he feels after I had been at Ajax and Barcelona I thought what can I do now, where can I go from here. I was lucky because I only had about ten more years left working; he has only just started out as a coach.’
Cruyff tipped Leo Messi to keep on beating Cristiano Ronaldo to the top individual awards and suggested it was the little man’s stature they gave him the edge; capturing people’s imagination by doing what he does inspite of his size.
He said: ‘These awards are all subjective. Messi is tiny and so very quick with the ball and everything he does seems to have more magic about it because of that. It is only logical that he comes out on top.’
CRUYFF’S ALL-TIME XI (3-4-3)
Yashin (USSR); Carlos Alberto (Bra), Beckenbauer (Ger), Krol (Hol); Guardiola (Sp), Charlton (Eng), Di Stefano (Arg/Col/Sp), Keizer (Hol); Maradona (Arg), Pele (Bra), Garrincha (Bra)