Apart from his prowess on the pitch he was a magician off the pitch too evident from his insightful opinions. Here are his 10 best quotes about the beautiful game.
"People who are not of my level can't affect my integrity."
"Why couldn't you beat a richer club? I've never seen a bag of money score a goal."
"We must make sure their worst players get the ball the most. You'll get it back in no time."
"Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate."
"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is."
"If you have the ball, you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don't have the ball, you must make it as small as possible."
"Every trainer talks about movement, about running a lot. I say don't run so much. Football is a game you play with your brain. You have to be in the right place at the right moment, not too early, not too late."
"If you play on possession, you don't have to defend, because there's only one ball."
"We showed the world you could enjoy being a footballer; you could laugh and have a fantastic time. I represent the era which proved that attractive football was enjoyable and successful, and good fun to play too."