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Johan Cruyff Father of Modern Day Soccer Dies Aged 68

  • Soccer legend Johan Cruyff.

    Soccer legend Johan Cruyff. | Photo: AFP

Published 24 March 2016

The chain smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer in October last year. 

Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff  has died at the age of 68, five months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

“On March 24, 2016 Johan Cruyff died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer,” a statement on the soccer legend's website reads. “It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Cruyff represented Holland 48 times and enjoyed highly successful stints with European powerhouses Ajax and Barcelona during the 70s and 80s. He went on to manage both clubs adding to his bountiful trophy collection. 

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner, Europe’s highest individual prize for a soccer player, had been fighting lung cancer but said last month he was feeling "very positive" after undergoing treatment.


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