AFTER a long illness died Johan Cruyff. The legendary Dutchman was one of the best players and coaches of all time, and in the 68th year of life he lost a battle with lung cancer.
In his career he won three golden balls, led his own team to the final of the World Cup in 1974, where he was declared as the best player. He won three Champions league titles.
His death shocked the football public, which is preparing for the funeral of one of the biggest, ever.

Johan Cruyff facts

Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff, who helped revolutionise the game with the concept of ‘Total Football,’ has died aged 68 – the three-time world player of the year and European player of the year passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

The world of football lost a true pioneer of the game in Johan Cruyff on Thursday.

Cruyff had been fighting lung cancer since October last year and passed away at the age of 68.

The man who begun his career with Ajax was known for initiating the brand of ‘Total Football’.

During his time at Ajax, Cruyff won three straight European Cups from 1971.

Cruyff moved to Barcelona in 1973 and there holds acclaim for the club’s style of football ever since.

1974 he led Holland to the World Cup Final where they lost 2-1 to West Germany.

The Dutch FA said of Cruyff’s passing: “Words can hardly be found for this huge loss.”

“The greatest Dutch footballer of all time and one of the world’s best ever.”

His coaching career included leading Barcelona to their first European Cup title in 1992 at Wembley.

The Cruyff turn along with his interpretation of how football should be played will go on without him.

All over the world, the biggest football clubs and players have reacted to Johan Cruyff’s death over their social channels.

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