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Legendary Ajax Forward Johan Cruyff Dies at the Age of 68

14:42, 24 Mar 2016

Johan Cruyff, the Dutch footballing legend who rose to fame as a forward with Ajax, has died from cancer at the age of 68.

Cruyff rose to fame as forward with both Ajax and Barcelona and he won the prestigious Ballon d’Or three time. He is now regarded as one of the greatest players of all times having won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax and then managed Barcelona when they first won the European Cup in 1992. The team went on to win four consecutive La Liga titles from 1990-91 to 1993-94 with Cruyff managing. 

Cruyff also helped the Netherlands reach the World Cup final in 1974 when they were defeated by West Germany. In the same World Cup Cruyff first showed the move which came to be known as the ‘Cruyff turn’ in a match against Sweden.

In 1991 he underwent double heart bypass surgery and was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015. As recently as February Cruyff said that he felt as if he was “2-0 up in a match” against the disease and was sure he would defeat it.

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