Rooney pays tribute to the late Johan Cruyff

Wayne Rooney has paid tribute to the late Johan Cruyff, while jokingly reproaching theBarcelona legend’s influence for depriving him of more silverware.

The former Netherlands international and Blaugrana great passed away last week after battling lung cancer, and has been honoured around the football world for his contribution to the sport.

And the Manchester United star gave his own opinion on Cruyff as he spoke ahead of England’s Tuesday clash against Netherlands.

“You see the way Barcelona play now and it’s incredible and he was really the start of that,” Rooney said on ITV.

The Catalans downed United in both the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals, and Rooney, who was a beaten finalist on both occasions, puts the club’s current success down to the example Cruyff set as a coach in the 1980s and 90s.

“It’s probably down to him that I haven’t got another two Champions League medals!” he joked.

“I think he started the Barcelona era that we see today.”

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