Former Barcelona Player Johan Cruyff Dies Aged 68

Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers in history, died on Thursday at the age of 68 due to lung cancer.

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Johan Cruyff. (Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC">Chelsea FC Twitter</a>)

Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers in history, died on Thursday at the age of 68 due to lung cancer, his family announced.

Cruyff died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with cancer. It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.
A Statement on the Legend’s Official Website

The Dutchman won three European Cups as a player with Ajax as well as three Ballon d’Or titles (1971, 1973, 1974).

He then led Barcelona to their first European Cup title as a manager in 1992.

The incarnation of Total Football that took the Dutch team to the World Cup final in 1974, Cruyff was a long-time smoker who revealed in October last year that he had lung cancer.

He gave up smoking in 1991 after an open heart surgery.

The news still came as a shock to the football world and tributes quickly flooded in.

“Cruyff, he was the best player of all time,” French legend Michel Platini told AFP.

Barcelona’s rivals also expressed their sadness.

“Goodbye to one of the legends of the history of football,” said Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.

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