Dutch football icon Johan Cruyff passes away at age of 68

Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff

Dutch football great Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68.

The former Ajax and Barcelona forward, who also managed both clubs, was diagnosed with lung cancer last October.

He died of cancer, it was announced on Thursday.

A statement on his website said: "On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It's with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

Tributes have poured in on Twitter from the footballing world, acknowledging the legacy of the total football pioneer: