Cruyff passed away today.

Lionel Messi pays tribute to Johan Cruyff with Facebook post

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The passing of the legendary Johan Cruyff has left the world of football in mourning.

The Dutch star was one of the finest players the sport has ever seen and tributes have poured in from everyone associated with the beautiful game.

He may have passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 68, but Cruyff’s legacy will always live on.


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His unique turn, nicknamed the ’Cruyff turn’ will forever be used in football and will serve as a reminder to the late great player.

Another reason why Cruyff will be remembered is his brilliant ‘pass penalty’ whilst playing for Ajax.

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Although he wasn’t the first to pull off this cheeky way of scoring a spot-kick, he made it famous by playing a one-two with his teammate before tapping the ball into the back of the net.

Cruyff became a Barcelona legend after he played five seasons at the Nou Camp before managing the Spanish club for eight years.

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While he was the Barca legend of yesteryear a current Barcelona legend, Lionel Messi, paid his tribute with a simple, yet touching, message on Facebook.

"Another legend has left us today,” it read.

Cruyff was named European Footballer of the Year three times during his illustrious career and many people suggested he is responsible for the success of Messi and his teammates in the modern day.

Another current Barca player, Gerard Pique, also mourned the loss of Cruyff and highlighted the importance of him aiding the development of La Masia - Barcelona’s academy - helping it become successful.

"It's very sad news. I put him as one of the best players in history, and as a coach he changed the history of our club," the defender told reporters, per

"The fact that we're here is thanks largely to Johan Cruyff.”

Dutch midfielder Johann Cruyff dribbles past Argen

But Cruyff wasn’t just known for his incredible playing ability. Some of his quotes as a manager will always be remembered and here are three of his best:

"I’m ex-player, ex-technical director, ex-coach, ex-manager, ex-honorary president. A nice list that once again shows that everything comes to an end.

"I’m not religious. In Spain, all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw."

"Players today can only shoot with their laces. I could shoot with the inside, laces, and outside of both feet. In other words, I was six times better than today’s players."

RIP Johan Cruyff.

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