Johan Cruyff’s family have released a statement following his death on Thursday.
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The Dutch soccer legend died in his adopted home city of Barcelona aged 68 after losing his fight against lung cancer.
Cruyff was not only one of the greatest players in history but also a visionary who helped develop an ideology at Barcelona which has helped shape the face of the modern game.
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His son, Jordi, released a statement on behalf of the family as they honored the former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands hero.
“On behalf of my mother, sisters and the rest of the family I would like to say thank you for all the love, kind words and memories that have been shared with us, since yesterday but also over the past months. It has touched us deeply that Johan was such an inspiration to many of you. We would like to express our special thanks to all the doctors and medical staff who have supported us until the end.” Jordi Cruyff
The family added that “various tributes in memory of Johan will take place and we welcome any kind of celebration in honor of his life” but also confirmed that an official memorial will be announced in the coming days by the Cruyff family.
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News has already arrived that the Netherlands and France will halt their friendly match on Friday at the 14th minute to applaud in honor of Cruyff, as the playmaker made the No. 14 jersey famous with the Dutch national team.
It has also been revealed that the Amsterdam Arena — the home of both Ajax and Holland — is set to be renamed the “Johan Cruyff Arena” in his honor.