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An asteroid has been named after Netherlands & Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff.

According to a report in Voetbal International, an asteroid has been named after Netherlands and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff. The asteroid was previously known under the less illustrious name '14282'.

'Cruijff' has a diameter of about nine kilometres and it takes the asteroid five years, three months and 18 days to turn around the sun.

The asteroid was discovered by a Dutch astrology couple in 1960. Science journalist Carl Koppeschaar recently started a petition to name the asteroid after Johan Cruyff and Koppeschaar has now achieved his objective.

Cruyff is not the first footballer to have an asteroid named after him. Josef 'Pepi' Bican and Ferenc Puskas also had asteroids named after them in the past.

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