Twitter Pays Tribute to Johan Cruyff, as Dutch Maestro Dies Aged 68

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterMarch 24, 2016

Dutch forward Johan Cruyff controls the ball under pressure from a West German player during the World Cup final between West Germany and the Netherlands 07 July 1974 in Munich. West Germany won 2-1 to earn its second World title after 1954. AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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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:

It is with great sadness that we've learnt of the death of Johan #Cruyff. Words cannot express the loss we feel. #14 pic.twitter.com/mt7XAM9GLE

— KNVB (@KNVB) March 24, 2016

We'll always love you, Johan. Rest in peace

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 24, 2016

We always will remember @JohanCruyff as a real legend. (1947-2016) pic.twitter.com/8BcjKCc1ay

— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) March 24, 2016

Such sad news about @JohanCruyff. A great man, who transformed football. Condolences to his family and friends.#legend #totaalvoetbal

— Lothar Matthäus (@LMatthaeus10) March 24, 2016

RIP #JohanCruyff 🙏 Huge influence in football and how it is played today. Thank you for all the memories #legend

— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) 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


— James Dart (@James_Dart) 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."

Possibly my favourite Cruyff line.

— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) March 24, 2016

"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is" - Cruyff.

— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) March 24, 2016

From that last RT by @danielstorey85. pic.twitter.com/kwagP5HsdH

— Ashley Connick (@AshleyConnick) 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.


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