Given that Saturday night’s El Clasico blow-out will be the first Barcelona game since the sad passing of Johan Cruyff last week, the Catalan giants are planning to mark the occasion with a variety of heartfelt tributes to the man that revolutionised their football club.
Firstly, Barca are to play wearing a one-off shirt that will bear the words “Gracies Johan” across the chest.
They revealed the shirt design earlier today, with the club’s official Twitter account unveiling a “special jersey for a special day”…
They also put out a video to further illustrate the detailing…
Barca have also revealed that the entire Camp Nou will join together to pay their last respects to Cruyff before kick-off, with a stadium-wide choreo planned.
A statement from the club’s board posted a couple of days ago reads:
A mosaic of 90,000 cards shall bear the message ‘Gracies Johan,’ which shall be repeated on the shirts of the Barca players, where the world champions logo normally features.
Both teams will enter the field with children wearing shirts with the same message, ‘Gracies Johan,’ as well as the names of the Cruyff and FC Barcelona Foundations on the back.
The match will also be attended by all of the living former presidents of the Catalan club, namely Agusti Montal, Raimon Carrasco, Josep Lluis Nunez, Joan Gaspart, Enric Reyna, Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The game will also be preceded by a minute’s silence in honour of Johan Cruyff, including the projection of a video tribute to the great man’s career.
It’s the very least he deserves.