Cruyff, who represented Holland 48 times as well as starring for Ajax and Barcelona during a glittering career, passed away on Thursday after his battle with cancer.
A statement on his website 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.’
Cruyff, who won three European Cups and eight Dutch titles with Ajax, was diagnosed with lung cancer last October.
In February, he released a statement stating that treatment was going well and that he believed he would make a full recovery.
It read: ‘After several medical treatments I can say that the results have been very positive, thanks to the excellent work of the doctors, the affection of the people and my positive mentality.
‘Right now, I have the feeling that I am 2-0 up in the first half of a match that has not finished yet. But I am sure that I will end up winning.’
Cruyff’s son Jordi, who had a spell with Manchester United between 1996 and 2000, paid tribute to his father last Saturday – Father’s Day in Spain – via Twitter.
‘In Spain it’s father’s day! Thanks for being who you are & teaching me life’s values, my role model @JohanCruyff.’
Cruyff is regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history and was the leading star of the Dutch team that introduced ‘Total Football’ to the world.

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