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The Dutch great passed away following a fight with cancer on Thursday, aged 68, and figures from all corners of the game have rushed to pay tribute

Johan Cruyff passed away on Thursday following a fight with cancer, aged 68, and the football world has flocked to pay tribute to the Dutch great.

Cruyff is widely considered as one of the game’s greatest ever players, winning three back-to-back European Cups with Ajax and managing Barcelona to their first triumph in the competition.

A host of clubs and players, from past and present, left their sentiments on Twitter, with tributes ranging from “true football royalty” to hailing his ability as a player, coach and “teacher”.


Johan Cruyff 1947–2016 (RIP)
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— Johan Cruyff (@JohanCruyff) March 24, 2016

Met grote verslagenheid hebben we kennisgenomen van het overlijden van Johan Cruijff. Woorden schieten tekort.
— KNVB (@KNVB) March 24, 2016

We’ll always love you, Johan. Rest in peace
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 24, 2016

NIEUWS | Johan #Cruijff overleden: https://t.co/rLwoaoRBUX http://pic.twitter.com/KV41ItCiYF
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) 24 March 2016

Johan Cruyff (1947–2016) R.I.P http://pic.twitter.com/mtH4vP2MWV
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) March 24, 2016

Very sad news about the death of legend Johan Cruyff. What an amazing player, Coach, teacher and person he was:https://t.co/fwXNRlB3IO
— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) 24 March 2016

1/2 RIP Johan Cruyff, true football royalty. I don’t think anyone has ever influenced the game as much as he has done. #JohanCruyff
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 24, 2016
2/2 We have all been touched and inspired by his vision and his believes. Football will miss him but we will never forget. #JohanCruyff
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 24, 2016

The ’14’ will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff. http://pic.twitter.com/OZxbF4Z0kO
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 24, 2016

Johan Cruyff one of the most influential figures on our game we’ve ever seen. RIP
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 24, 2016

#RIP Legend. https://t.co/5zq7sOHfwC
— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) March 24, 2016

Terrible news that Johan Cryuff has passed away. One of the greatest players ever, a true giant in our game, he will be sadly missed. RIP
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) March 24, 2016

Shocked by the sad news about Johan Cruyff. http://RIPpic.twitter.com/L8ZOBDEfka
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) March 24, 2016