The football world was left in shock on Thursday following the news that legendary Dutch player and manager Johan Cruyff had died aged 68 after a battle with cancer, per BBC Sport.
Johan Cruyff: So good they named a turn after him. RIP.pic.twitter.com/YpyzVICP9m— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 24, 2016
Johan #Cruyff was one of the few true greats. He will always be remembered & revered as a magical Total footballer & a visionary coach. RIP.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 24, 2016
The sad thing about Cruyff is that not only is 68 pretty young, but he was still totally, dazzlingly relevant.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) March 24, 2016
2016. You are taking the best of the best, and it's not fair.#Cruyff— David Easson (@DavidEasson) March 24, 2016
Tributes flooded in for the man who put the beautiful into the beautiful game:
We'll always love you, Johan. Rest in peace— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 24, 2016
Rip Johan Cruyff #legend #14— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) March 24, 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
Johan Cruyff. Extraordinary player. One of the best ever. Had the privilege to play with him twice. RIP— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) March 24, 2016
The '14' will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff. pic.twitter.com/OZxbF4Z0kO— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 24, 2016
Sad to hear that Johan Cruyff has died. Football has lost a man who did more to make the beautiful game beautiful than anyone in history.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 24, 2016
Barcelona's was one of the best around.
Fans everywhere took a moment to remember their favourite Cruyff moment, including, of course, the turn:
RIP Johan Cruyff. A true legend of the game.pic.twitter.com/9opwWE4wn1— 90s Football (@90sfootball) March 24, 2016
One of my favourite videos. Dutch unleash Total Football on 1974 World Cup. Uruguay are terrified, Cruyff everywhere https://t.co/JDTMrBFMFt— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) March 24, 2016
Also on Cruyff: in the 1974 World Cup final Bergi Vogts was booked for persistently fouling him. After four minutes.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) March 24, 2016
As well as the great man's best quotes, of which there were many:
Cruyff: "Winning is an important thing, but to have your own style, to have people copy you, to admire you, that is the greatest gift.” Amen— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) March 24, 2016
"If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better."— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) March 24, 2016
Possibly my favourite Cruyff line.
"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is" - Cruyff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) March 24, 2016
"Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring" - Johan Cruyff.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszMichallik) March 24, 2016
He will not be forgotten.