Ex-Barcelona great Johan Cruyff passes away

Netherlands Fans Oranje

Johan Cruyff was one of the greatest footballers of all time, achieving high acclaim for his conduct both on and off the field.

It has been reported by the BBC that Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68 after a protracted battle with lung cancer.

The former Ajax and Barcelona man was a pioneer of 'total football', which was revolutionised by the great Dutch team of the 70's. What would he have made of the current shambolic setup of the Netherlands national side?

His playing career was spread over two decades, and included nine league title winning medals.

His time in management saw him win an un-precedented four league titles in a row with Barcelona, a feat that has never been emulated.

Messages of condolences have been pouring in from the world of football, including former Germany and Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann who took to Twitter to express his feelings:

"Very sad news about the death of legend Johan Cruyff. What an amazing player, Coach, teacher and person he was".

Vincent Kompany also took to the social networking site to express his sadness, saying:

"RIP Johan Cruyff, true football royalty. I don't think anyone has ever influenced the game as much as he has done. We have all been touched and inspired by his vision and his beliefs. Football will miss him but we will never forget".

He is considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, regularly mentioned alongside the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele.

It is clear from the out-pouring of sentiments from the footballing world just how highly revered the Dutch great was, and his legend will live on forever.

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