Johan Cruyff Claims Luis Suarez Signing Indicates Barcelona Decline

Peter GalindoFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2014

Former player Johan Cruyff of Netherlands,  shows the name of Juventus, who will play Group B,  during the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff had some choice words about Luis Suarez signing with Barcelona, claiming the current Barca system is being abandoned.

The La Liga giants have been busy this summer. Some of their deals included an agreement to sell Chilean Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal, per the Premier League club's official websiteCesc Fabregas was also signed by Chelsea in June, per the Daily Mail.

Then Los Cules made a big splash by landing the controversial Uruguayan forward. Suarez will be presented once they get past the clauses in his ban.

Luis Suarez signing with Barcelona is the beginning of their decline, according to Cruyff.
Luis Suarez signing with Barcelona is the beginning of their decline, according to Cruyff.Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, via BeIN Sports, Cruyff isn't pleased with this latest acquisition. The former player and manager wonders whether Suarez can coexist with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

I am happy that Germany won the World Cup. They are playing the kind of football that Barcelona are distancing themselves from. That feeling has only gotten stronger with the signing of Luis Suarez.

He is a great player, but has a complicated character. I don't know how they plan to play free-flowing attacking football with Messi, Neymar and Suarez in one team. They are all players who rely on their individual actions.

In signing him [Suarez], the club are showing a preference for individual genius over a team that plays great football. The style of play they developed under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is being abandoned.

Guardiola has voiced his discontent at how Barcelona have conducted themselves since he left. They spent about £29 million ($49 million) in the 2012-13 season, per Transfermarkt. That was followed up with the expensive Neymar signing

It's clear that Barcelona are trying to appease fans with these high-profile deals. They're focused on winning now instead of waiting for La Masia graduates to shine. 

That could lead to the decline of what was one of the greatest teams in the history of football.