Johan Cruyff, Former Dutch Soccer Player, Dies of CancerCorina Ruhe
Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff, who changed the game in the 1970s, has died. He was 68.
Cruyff won 10 national titles and three European Cups as a player with Ajax, Barcelona and Feyenoord, and coached Barcelona to win the European Cup in 1992.
“On March 24, 2016, Johan Cruyff died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with cancer,” his foundation said on its website on Thursday. “It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, described Cruyff, known for helping to revolutionize the game through the playing style known as “Total Football,” as “one of the greatest players the world has ever known.”
He was a “symbol of elegant play. An inspiration. A source of admiration for fans,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “He has marked football history for ever. I’m very saddened by his death.”