Born: April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain
Johan Cruyff, a three times World’s best Football player of the year (Ballon do’r winner in 1971, 1973 and 1974) has died of Cancer at the age of 68. This has been confirmed by the statement posted on his website confirming his death.
“On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer.”
The former Dutch international, gained popularity after playing for Barcelona, one of the biggest Foot ball Clubs in the world and home club Ajax Amsterdam.
Cruyff led Barcelona to four successive La Liga titles from 1991 – 94 while also winning the 1992 European Cup at Wembley with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria. His philosophy continues to run through both the Catalan and Amsterdam clubs to this day, their successes seen in many quarters as his legacy.
In February, he declared himself positive of winning his battle with the disease, saying: “Right now, I have the feeling that I am 2- 0 up in the first half of a match that has not finished yet.”
He also guided Holland to the World Cup final in 1974 and as a manager he spent eight years in charge of Barcelona Football Club of Spain.
He has left three Children in names of Jordi Cruyff, Chantal Cruijff and Susila Cruijff
Summary of Cryuff’s Awards
- Ballon d’Or 1974, 1973, 1971
- European Golden Shoe 1968
- Onze d’Or 1987, 1986
- Dutch Footballer of the Year 1984, 1972, 1971, …
- Dutch Sportsman of the year 1974, 1973
- Laureus World Sports Award for Lifetime Achievement 2006 among others
“It’s with great sadness to all Football fans all over the world.” – Ugandanbuzz