The Dutch football legend dies at age 68

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The Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff  died of lung cancer at age 68, on Thursday, March 24th. He was one of football’s greatest players and most influential and visionary coaches.

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Johan Cruyff, was three-time Ballon d’or winner in 1971, 1973 and 1974 , guided the Netherlands to the World Cup Final in 1974 and won European Cups with Ajax three times in a row from 1971-1973. He also spent 8 years as a manager in charge of Barcelona. He also defended the PSG’s colors twice in summer 1975 on the occasion of gala football tournament.

In October Cruyff announced that he was fighting against a lung cancer, and only last month, he said he was ” 2-o up in the first half” of his battle against the disease. Poignantly, that turned out to be his last public statement.

“With great sadness we have learned of the death of Johan Cruyff. Words are not enough,” wrote the Dutch football federation on Twitter. Ajax also wrote a short statement: ” Johan Cruyff has died in Barcelona at the age of 68. The greatest Ajax player of all time had suffered with lung cancer since October last year. Ajax share in this great loss and wish the families much strength.”

The Netherlands and France will reportedly hold a moment of silence in the 14th minute of their friendly match on Friday.


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