VIDEO: Netherlands Football Legend, Johan Cruyff dies of cancer aged 68.

Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff

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 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.”

He first showcased the ‘Cruyff turn’ at the 1974 World Cup in a match for the Netherlands against Sweden and scored 33 goals in 48 international appearances. Click BBC for latest.

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