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Man City boss Guardiola joins Pele, Maradona in Cruyff all-time XI

Johan Cruyff was an absolute superstar of the game.

The Dutchman pioneered 'total football' during his extensive career as both a player and a manager, mainly at Ajax, Barcelona and with the Holland national team.

Sadly, Cruyff passed away in March this year following a battle with lung cancer but we have been given an insight into his life through his book, 'My Turn: A Life of Total Football', which was posthumously released this week.

Cruyff put together his all-time best XI, which was included in the story of one of football's greatest ever players and coaches.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who Cruyff coached at Barcelona, featured in central midfield alongside superstars of the game Pele and Diego Maradona.


Johan Cruyff's all-time best XI
3-4-3 formation
(main clubs and countries listed)


Goalkeeper

Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow - Soviet Union)


Defenders

Ruud Krol (Ajax & Napoli - Holland)
Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich - Germany)
Carlos Alberto (Santos & Fluminense - Brazil)


Midfielders

Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid - Spain, Colombia & Argentina)
Pep Guardiola (Barcelona - Spain)
Sir Bobby Charlton (Manchester United - England)
Garrincha (Botafogo - Brazil)


Forwards

Piet Keizer (Ajax - Holland)
Pele (Santos - Brazil)
Diego Maradona (Barcelona & Napoli - Argentina)

Andrew Slevison
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