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Letter to Johan: Go out and fight

Letter to Johan: Go out and fight
Letter to Johan: Go out and fight
Johan, you're a maverick. You have always faced everything. You have always gone against the grain. And you have always shown that everything is possible...

Johan, you're a maverick. You have always faced everything. You have always gone against the grain. And you have always shown that everything is possible. Go out and fight.

You arrived in a depressed club, settled in the psychologist, loving fatalism. But you showed us that a loser can become a winner. After only four years wearing Barcelona jersey, you changed something in the minds of fans. We didn't really understand you, we saw you far away from our sanity. But we were seduced. We lived difficult times of transition, but you changed mentality of our people. You taught us that life gives you a second chance. Go out and fight.

From the bench, you made us see the way. You dealt with presidents, players, mates, press and rivals. But you did it to defend an idea, a model, a style. One way to understand this sport which has led us to victory. You started revolution almost 30 years ago and it still goes on. It is untouchable and everyone defend it. Your disciples pamper it, take care of it and spread it. You showed that if we believed in an idea, we could win. Go out and fight.

In 1992, we played the European Cup final with the fear of past defeats. But you changed the way we approached it with your logic: "Go out and enjoy." A phrase so simple but so brief that conveys so much. Because in the end, life is this. Going out and enjoy. Doing it right, but doing it with a smile. Tackling problems thinking on solutions. And enjoy such a short life that we can not let it go. Go out and fight.

We have grown with you and we are not afraid of anybody. Now it's time for us to be next to you. Someone like you knows that there's nothing that can beat you. Cancer won't win you, Johan. You're so great, so strong and you have taught so many things that now you only need to do what you've always done. Go out and fight. Because you, Johan, always win.