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Successful players-turned-great coaches

They were revered in their  playing days as they led their respective teams to title after title and when they hanged their boots, that success never left them. Here are some of the most successful players who won or are still winning as coaches


Number one on our list for his pioneering approach to both playing and coaching as much as for his extraordinary success, the late Johan Cruyff revolutionised football. As a player, he was the best in the world, winning three Ballon d’Ors and lighting up the major international tournaments of the 1970s, finishing as World Cup runner-up in 1974. When he retired, he continued to trailblaze with the two clubs who had provided him with his stage as a player. And Ajax and Barcelona benefited to the tune of European honours, new-age tactics and player development which was before its time.

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