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Tributes Galore As Holland’s Great, Cruyff, Dies

Johan Cruyff
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu, LAGOS

“Words can hardly be found for this huge loss. 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.”
This was how Dutch Football Association described the passage of Johan Cruyff, who finally bowed to cancer at 68 on Thursday.
Cruyff was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015 but in February of this year, he said he felt he was “2-0 up in a match” against lung cancer and he was “sure I will end up winning”.
The late three-time European footballer of the year made his name while playing as a forward for Ajax and Barcelona. Cruyff won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax from 1971.

He was the coach of Barcelona when the current European champions won its first European Cup (now Champions League) in 1992.
As a player, Cruyff helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they were beaten 2-1 by West Germany.
Also, President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino has hailed Johan Cruyff as one of the greatest players ever following the Netherlands legend’s death and expressed his condolences to the Dutchman’s family.
“Johan Cruyff was a magnificent player, one of the greatest players the world has ever known,” Infantino said via a statement on FIFA’s website.
“Cruyff was a symbol of elegant play. An inspiration. A source of admiration for fans. He has marked football history forever.
“I’m very saddened by his death. He will be terribly missed.”
Real Madrid midfielder, Sergio Ramos wrote on his twitter handle: “Goodbye to one of the all-time legends of football and coach ahead of his time, RIP Johan Cruyff.”
To Xabi Alonso, it was: “The ‘14’ will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff.” (Referring to the Dutchman’s number 14 jersey).
Former German international and coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, responded thus: “Very sad news about the death of legend Johan Cruyff. What an amazing player, Coach, teacher and person he was.”
Ex-England international, Gary Lineker said,  “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.”