Legendary former Dutch international Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a report in Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo.
Cruyff, who enjoyed a distinguished career as a player and manager at Ajax and Barcelona, was diagnosed on Tuesday and is currently undergoing tests to find out the extent of the illness. His spokesperson has said he will release a statement on Thursday.
The three-time Ballon d'Or winner is lauded by Blaugrana fans for guiding the club to four consecutive La Liga titles, their first European Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup during an eight-year spell in charge at the Camp Nou.
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As a player, he made over 140 appearances for the Catalan club and scored more than 200 goals in two spells for Ajax, helping the Dutch club to three consecutive European Cups and six straight Eredivisie titles.
He also spent time at Los Angeles Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante and Feyenoord in a 20-year playing career.
Such is his standing with the Amsterdam club, they retired his famous number 14 jersey in 2007 to celebrate his birthday.
He also helped Holland achieve a third place finish in the 1976 European Championships and reach the final of the 1974 World Cup.
In 2010, he was handed the FIFA Order of Merit award. The highest honour to be handed out by world football's governing body.
The 68-year-old has been out of management since ending his four-year reign in charge of Catalonia in 2013.
Having been a heavy smoker, the 48-cap Dutch international underwent double heart bypass surgery in 1991.
Cruyff is considered one of the best players to ever grace the hallowed turf. He was the pioneer of Holland's 'total football' era of the 1970's - led by Ajax and the Dutch national team - and it is clear to see why...
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