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Summary

  1. Johan Cruyff dies of cancer at the age of 68
  2. The Dutchman played and coached for Ajax and Barcelona
  3. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Davis and Richard Winton

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That's all from us on Sportsday today.

We will leave you with one more image of the late, great Johan Cruyff.

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'He was an extraordinary player'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

A football legend...I want to express my deepest regret and transmit on behalf of Real Madrid our condolences and our love to FC Barcelona and most especially his wife and their children . He was an extraordinary player, so today is a very sad day for the world of football

Florentino PerezReal Madrid president

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Johan Cruyff. One of the very best. RIP.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Johan Cruyff. One of the very best. RIP.

#Legend

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Deeply saddened by the untimely death of Johan Cruyff, one of greatest players the world has ever seen. #legend

Deeply saddened by the untimely death of Johan Cruyff, one of greatest players the world has ever seen. #legend

'A legend has passed away'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

A legend has passed away. My deepest respect. I am grateful for the inspiration he gave me

A legend has passed away. My deepest respect. I am grateful for the inspiration he gave me

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

RIP Johan Cruyff. He will be remembered as a legend who transformed the game in so many ways.

Thierry HenryFormer France, Arsenal and Barcelona striker

'Play against Cruyff? Impossible'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

West Ham and @england legend Sir Trevor Brooking has paid tribute to the late, great Johan Cruyff #RIP #Cruyff

West Ham and @england legend Sir Trevor Brooking has paid tribute to the late, great Johan Cruyff #RIP #Cruyff

Cruyff in his own words

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

"In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender."

"There is only one ball, so you need to have it."

"If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible."

Johan Cruyff
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Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Today FC Barcelona had lost a piece of their badge, but we have your huge legacy. @JohanCruyff RIP

Today FC Barcelona had lost a piece of their badge, but we have your huge legacy. @JohanCruyff RIP

'He was an inspiration to me'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Very sad by the news of @JohanCruyff Greatest Dutch player of all time and a great inspirator to me and many others

Very sad by the news of @JohanCruyff Greatest Dutch player of all time and a great inspirator to me and many others

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Another legend has left us today

Lionel MessiBarcelona forward

1978 World Cup and the kidnap threat

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff
PA

In 2008 Johan Cruyff revealed that his absence from the 1978 World Cup was largely due to being held at gunpoint the previous year, during his time with Barcelona.

"To play a World Cup you have to be 200%," Cruyff told Catalunya Radio. "I had a rifle at my head, I was tied up, my wife tied up, the children were in the apartment in Barcelona. 

"There are moments when there are other values in life."  

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Johan Cruyff
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A sad day for everyone. He is a worldwide legend and a key person for Barcelona and football in general. My deepest condolences. A very strong hug to the family

Andrés IniestaBarcelona midfielder

Cruyff in his own words

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff
PA

"Every disadvantage has its advantage."

"The most difficult thing about an easy match is to make a weak opponent play bad football."

"There’s only one moment in which you can arrive in time. If you’re not there, you’re either too early or too late."

'A sad, sad day'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

It is a very sad day for the footballing world, to lose one of the true legends of the game. My thoughts are with Johan's family at this difficult time.

Louis van GaalManchester United manager
Louis van Gaal and Johan Cruyff
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Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

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'An inspiration'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff was a magnificent player, one of the greatest players the world has ever known. A symbol of elegant play. An inspiration. A source of admiration for fans. He has marked football history for ever. I'm very saddened by his death. He w‎ill be terribly missed. Both personally and on behalf of Fifa and the world football community, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Gianni InfantinoFifa president

Cruyff the great

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff
Rex Features

Sometimes the word legend is used a little bit loosely, sometimes even flippantly. But there are one or two greats, and one or two legends, and Johan Cruyff is one of those.

Roy HodgsonEngland manager

Is Cruyff behind Holland's penalty woes?

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Is Johan Cruyff the reason the Netherlands have such a poor record in penalty shootouts?

This piece suggests he might be...

'A Dutch icon'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff
Rex Features

The Netherlands has lost a unique and genial star who gave sport a new face. He was an icon of the Netherlands

Dutch King Willem-Alexander.

Your Cruyff memories

#bbcsportsday

2015 Mauritius beach football with the Legend & Gent Johan Cruyff.Too soon RIP ❤️ #Cruyff #JohanCruyff #bbcsportsday

2015 Mauritius beach football with the Legend & Gent Johan Cruyff.Too soon RIP ❤️ #Cruyff #JohanCruyff #bbcsportsday

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

The '14' will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff.

The '14' will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff.

Your Cruyff memories

#bbcsportsday

Kevin Mark Jones: Growing up in the 70s, you watched football and realised the Dutch and Cruyff were doing something new, something great.

Philip Reilly: Loved it when I nailed the Cruyff turn as a young boy at primary school. Even better watching my boys do it. RIP Johan Cruyff.

'He was a brother to me'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

I am shocked. Johan #Cruyff is dead. He was not only a very good friend but also a brother to me.
I am shocked. Johan #Cruyff is dead. He was not only a very good friend but also a brother to me.

I am shocked. Johan #Cruyff is dead. He was not only a very good friend but also a brother to me.

'He changed the game'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

RIP Johan Cruyff. The best ever Dutch player we had and will have. The man who changed the game we all love. You have been a big inspiration in my football life Johan. Thank you & may your soul rest in peace

Robin van PersieNetherlands striker

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Heaven has a new playmaker... R.I.P. Football Genius Johan #Cruyff

Heaven has a new playmaker... R.I.P. Football Genius Johan #Cruyff

Cruyff in his own words

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

“Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.”

“You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you.”

'A true legend'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Recently I heard someone say; when I'm abroad and tell people I'm from Holland, they say the country that's famous for its tulips and for Johan Cruyff. That's something that will always remain the same. A true legend

Memphis DepayManchester United and Netherlands winger

'I was the proudest moment of my career'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Jan Olsson, the Sweden defender who was the first victim of Johan Cruyff and his legendary turn, cherishes the memory.

“It was the proudest moment of my career," he said. "I thought I’d win the ball for sure, but he tricked me. I was not humiliated. I had no chance. Cruyff was a genius."

World Cup moments: Cruyff's turn

Your Cruyff memories

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Ollie Russchen: Growing up half dutch watching videos and practicing the Cruyff turn as a kid! What a loss, a football legend RIP.

Darrell Jones: Privileged to see Cruyff play for NY Cosmos v Chelsea in 1978.

Jeremy Hill: Johann Cruyff a true footballing legend. Along with George Best he was the greatest player I've ever seen.

barry mullins: Only away player I can ever remember getting a standing ovation from the whole of Villa Park.

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Ruud Gullit

Former Netherlands international

Ruud Gullit
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Thank you Johan for being my biggest inspiration and teacher. Thank you for paving the way for our generation and for putting The Netherlands on the map. Thank you for being you. RIP.   

Cruyff in his own words

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff
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"It’s better to go down with your own vision than with someone else’s."

"If you can’t win, make sure you don’t lose."

"If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better."

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Never mind total football, Johan Cruyff was the total footballer...

This piece explains why

Whole new ball game

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

Johan Cruyff
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One of the few greats, Johan Cruyff was also a funny man. Bemoaning his golf game, he once told me: "I used to know what to do with a ball once."  

Cruyff turns with a golf ball

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

English golfer David Lynn tweets...

Had the pleasure of playing golf with Johan cruyff a few times,even had him perform 'the turn' on a tee with golf ball once, RIP true legend

Your Cruyff memories

#bbcsportsday

We are asking for your memories of Johan Cruyff and John has sent us an 'usie' - which is apparently a group selfie - with the Dutch legend.

Send us your favourite memories of Cruyff.

#bbcsportsday had 2 get an "Usie" with the great man. What a player, coach, gentleman & a legend. #RIPJohanCruyff
#bbcsportsday had 2 get an "Usie" with the great man. What a player, coach, gentleman & a legend. #RIPJohanCruyff

#bbcsportsday had 2 get an "Usie" with the great man. What a player, coach, gentleman & a legend. #RIPJohanCruyff

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Football

Barcelona's president tweets...

Both as a player and as a manager, you changed the history of our Club. Thank you Johan

'Today's Barcelona came from Cruyff'

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Barcelona
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He started the possession game at Barcelona, keep the ball, passing and movement. Pep Guardiola played under Cruyff and all the players were influenced by him. The present squad is pretty much 100% influenced by Cruyff, it all came from him

Steve ArchibaldFormer Barcelona and Scotland striker

The father of Barcelona

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016)

Johna Cruyff
BBC Sport