Pele wrote on Twitter: "We have lost a great man. May we carry on his example of excellence". A very important man in my career.

Johan Cruyff plays with FC Barcelona against Ipswich in a 1977 European Cup match. He could break down any system and you really didn't understand what was going on. R.I.P. Football Genius Johan #Cruyff. "His importance to Dutch football was enormous".

Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68. He had everything you would want as a footballer.

"We know the importance of Cruyff in football". He was quite tall, he was lean, he was strong, had two great feet, he was good in the air and he had a few tricks up his sleeve. - Dutch sports minister Edith Schippers. "He was an icon of the Netherlands".

- King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

Infantino said he was a symbol of elegant play, an inspiration and a source of admiration for fans.

It is sad that he has passed away but he will leave quite a mark on football for many years to come. - Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino. "I did my best but I was not a world-class player". "Rest in peace. Thank you Johan". Even after management he remained an influential figure at both clubs, while his coaching philosophy and attacking style of play influenced countless generations including Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Barcelona youth product Pep Guardiola.

Holland mourned the loss of a national hero, while the football world expressed sorrow for the player whose "Cruyff Turn" was a gift to the game.

On his personal encounters with Cruyff throughout his own varied career in coaching, Hodgson added: "I was always pleased to meet him and bump into him again as I did on numerous occasions". He was, without doubt the greatest coach I had, his teachings were be eternally with me. The main characteristics are that any player can move into another's position, confusing opponents, and that any player could defend, create or score goals.

His Johan Cruyff Foundation has provided over 200 courts in 22 countries, including Israel, Malaysia, Japan, United States and Mexico, for children of all backgrounds to play street football.

England host the Netherlands on Tuesday night, with plans already being made for a tribute to the legacy of their opponent's greatest ever player. He loved the game, he loved sport and he loved life. We are devastated that we already have to say farewell to him on such short notice.

"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is", he once said.


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