One of the world’s greatest football legends Johan Cruyff has died aged 68 after suffering with cancer.
Cruyff was also one of the most important figures in the history of Barcelona and has been struggling with his health from last year, reporting that he needed heart surgery in October 2015.
“On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer,” a statement on Cruyff’s official site read.
“It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
He won eight Eredivisie titles with Ajax Amsterdam, and was the central figure in making Total Football a success in Holland.
Here follows reactions from other great players after hearing the sad news:
Michel Platini: (Juventus and France)
“Today football has lost one of its best ever players and ambassadors,” he said. “I am very sad because Johan was my childhood hero, my idol and my friend. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts are with his family, and I send them my love.”
Jürgen Klinsmann: (Germany)
“We lost one of the best ever in world football.
“Johan Cruyff was simply an amazing player, coach, teacher and human.”
Lio Messi: (Barcelona and Argentina)
“Another legend has left us today,” he stated on Facebook.
Lothar Matthaus: (Germany)
“Such sad news about @JohanCruyff. A great man, who transformed football. Condolences to his family and friends.”
Gary Lineker: (Tottenham and England)
“Sad to hear that Johan Cruyff has died. Football has lost a man who did more to make the beautiful game beautiful than anyone in history.”