Cruyff: Barcelona’s reputation is being damaged

Barcelona icon Johan Cruyff believes the club’s reputation is being damaged because of the ongoing legal cases it currently faces.

Former president Sandro Rosell and his successor Josep Maria Bartomeu are facing allegations of fraud surrounding the case of Neymar, while other investigations have been opened up in relation to the deal.

And Cruyff believes the publicity surrounding the legal cases are severely affecting the image of the Camp Nou side, as he again voiced his support for presidential candidate Joan Laporta in the upcoming election.

“Barcelona has a great reputation in the world of football. However, the club has seven open legal trials,” he wrote on his website. “Rightly or wrongly, there are legal trials. It is damaging the image and the reputation of the club and in my opinion this is unacceptable.

“I am delighted with the season of the first team of Barcelona, but on the other hand I also see that the second team has been relegated,” the former Netherlands official continued.

“I am a product of Ajax, where youth development is key. Currently, La Masia produces nothing and does not promote players to the first team.

“With Laporta, we initiated a project to educate athletes in order to keep them involved with the club. This way they can bring all the experiences they have as athletes together with a knowledge of sport management.

“For all this and more, I think that the presence of Laporta as president of Barcelona is what most suits the club.”

The former coach also voiced his sceptical about Barca’s aim of signing Paul Pogba, with the club having an €80 million bid rejected on Wednesday.

“In my opinion he is a great player. But if you are a coach, you sign a player to make the other players and the team better,” the 68-year-old said.

“Now, we must see if Pogba is the player who Barcelona needs, or not.”