Johan Cruyff legacy continues to shine in Barcelona


As La Masia pump out numerous future professional footballers every year, many of which will never feature for FC Barcelona’s first team, the club is reminded just how many players and teams have been affected by the academy. A few players even have connections to the Catalan outfit through family who have yet to play for the club. One example is Ianis Hagi, a teenage attacker currently playing for ACF Fiorentina and the son of former Barcelona midfielder Gheorghe Hagi. Hagi may be an impressive name, but another youngster recently paid a visit to the coastal city with the name Cruyff being the connection.

Johan Cruyff’s grandson Jordan, playing for Sitges against Barcelona’s Benjamin B squad, wore the familiar number 14, in honor of his grandfather.

“I am a Barcelona fan but also of Sitges. I wore the number 14 shirt for my grandad,” the boy told Barcelona TV, “He was very good and fun. He told me how to move and to shoot.”

The youngster is the son of Chantal, one of Cruyff’s daughters, and brother of professional footballer Jesjua Angoy-Cruyff, currently playing for CE Morell, a satellite club of Segunda Division club CF Reus Deportiu. He is the son of former FC Barcelona goalkeeper Jesus Angoy and the nephew of Jordi Cruyff, formerly of Barcelona, Manchester United and the Netherlands national team as a player and currently of Maccabi Tel Aviv as the sports director.

This story is not yet about the idea that Jordan will grow up to play for FC Barcelona like his grandfather and uncle, simply because the boy is still a few years away from even being a teenager. He was able to enjoy the visit to the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despi without the immense pressure of the Cruyff name, and while it may be years before Cules hear his name again, if at all, it was certainly a fine moment for both the club and Cruyff family as they witnessed one of the lasting influences of Johan Cruyff.

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