Football players and fans have been paying tribute to Holland legend Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68.
A statement of the former Ajax star and long-time Barcelona boss read: “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.”
Players and ex-players were quick to pay their respects to the man who brought the world the Cruyff turn.
Johan Cruyff one of the most influential figures on our game we've ever seen. RIP— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 24, 2016
Johan Cruyff a GREAT. RIP— Peter Reid (@reid6peter) March 24, 2016
Johan Cruyff one of the most influential figures on our game we've ever seen. RIP— Mido (@midoahm) March 24, 2016
Fans and journalists were also expressing their sorrow and admiration.
Very sad to hear of the death of Johan Cruyff. Had the pleasure of interviewing him many times. A true visionary.— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 24, 2016
Just terrible news re Johan Cruyff. The word "legend" doesn't do him justice, a true gamechanger, he's been taken from us far too soon. RIP.— David Garrido (@SkySportsDavid) March 24, 2016
RIP Johan Cruyff - one of the greatest ever. Stylish, innovative, flamboyant, entertaining & brilliant ⚽️— Darren Fletcher (@DFletcherSport) March 24, 2016
RIP Johan Cruyff. True maverick of the game pic.twitter.com/Nry8oyAhfs— Football FanCast (@FootballFanCast) March 24, 2016
Johan Cruyff was as much a pioneer in football as David Bowie was in music. His impact on the game was that extraordinary.— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) March 24, 2016
Johan Cruyff: the coolest footballer that has ever been.— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) March 24, 2016
Rest in peace, Johan Cruyff. Without you, the beautiful game wouldn't be what it is today.— Nando (@BranG1992) March 24, 2016
Some of football's characters defy the boundaries of tribalism.
Johan Cruyff was undoubtedly one of them.
A giant. Such sad news.— HLTCO (@HLTCO) March 24, 2016
And what better way to remember Cruyff than with a Cruyff turn?
What a legend.