Report: Dutch legend Cruyff diagnosed with cancer

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According to reports in Spain, legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Cruyff, 68, is a former three-time world player of the year and had a glittering career with Ajax and Barcelona as a player, and coached both clubs to success as a manager.

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Both RAC1 and Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo have reported that Cruyff was diagnosed on Tuesday and is currently undergoing tests to judge the severity of his illness. 

The Dutch legend, who led his nation to the 1974 World Cup final, is a hero in Catalonia and currently resides in Barcelona.

He famously took his playing and coaching philosophy to the Nou Camp in the 1990s and is deemed to be a major part of Barca’s philosophy and the style of play which has produced countless superstars from their La Masia academy.

Cruyff has had health problems in the past as he underwent double heart bypass surgery in 1991. His last coaching job was leading the Catalan national team from 2009-13.