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Sad.  Footballing legend.

 

Netherlands footballing great Johan Cruyff has died of cancer aged 68.

Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, was European footballer of the year three times.

He won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax from 1971, coached Barcelona to their first European Cup triumph in 1992 and helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they were beaten 2-1 by West Germany.

The Dutch FA said: "Words can hardly to be found for this huge loss."

It added: "The greatest Dutch footballer of all time and one of the world's best ever. Our condolences go to his wife, family, friends and the entire football world at home and abroad. We wish everyone a lot of strength in this difficult time."

It was at the 1974 World Cup where he first showcased the 'Cruyff turn' in a match against Sweden.

Cruyff, who had double heart bypass surgery in 1991, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015.

Having been a smoker, he gave up immediately after the operation and took to sucking lollipops in the dugout.

He featured in a Catalan health department advert, saying: "Football has given me everything in life, tobacco almost took it all away."

In February, Cruyff said he felt he was "2-0 up in a match" against lung cancer and he was "sure I will end up winning".



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Damn. Indeed a football legend. Where is Cruyff Jr now? It feels like ages ago when he started for Man Utd.



Lawlight said:
Damn. Indeed a football legend. Where is Cruyff Jr now? It feels like ages ago when he started for Man Utd.

He is in his 40's by now.  Coach I think.



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I really thought he was doing well in his battle against cancer. Sad news.



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