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Reports in Spain say Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with cancer

Johan Cruyff playing golf earlier this month in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Johan Cruyff playing golf earlier this month in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Reports in Spain today are claiming that Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has lung cancer.

The 68-year-old was diagnosed last Tuesday, it was reported on Spanish radio station RAC1 and Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo today.

Cruyff is undergoing further tests to understand the extent of the disease, according to El Mundo.

Following a decorated playing career - he won three successive European Cups with Ajax before going on to play for and manage Barcelona, he led the Catalans  to four La Liga titles in the early 90s and oversaw the club's first ever Champions League success in 1992.

He had double heart bypass surgery in 1991 while he still in charge of Barcelona – a role he eventually left in 1996.

Considered to be one of the most influential figures in the game, Cruyff's attacking style of play and his football philosophy became synonymous with 'Total Football'.