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Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer

Dutch football icon Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, a Barcelona spokesman has confirmed to Goal.

Reports emerged in Spain on Thursday morning that the 68-year-old, who won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax before playing and managing Barca, had fallen ill, though no further details have emerged so far.

Cruyff, who underwent a double heart bypass in 1991 while in charge at Camp Nou, is thought to be undergoing tests to determine the extent of the disease.

"Over the last couple of weeks Johan Cruyff has had medical examinations at a hospital in Barcelona. Lung cancer has been established. The investigations are still ongoing,"  a statement from Cruyff's management company read.

"On behalf of the privacy of Johan and his family and the fact that the investigations have not been completed, further announcement at this time can't be given. We hope you'll respect the privacy of Johan and his family. When investigations are completed, we'll announce the details."
The stylish playmaker spent 11 years across two spells at Ajax, winning eight Eredivisie titles as well as the European Cup on three successive occasions in the early 1970s.

Cruyff lifted one La Liga title during a five-year stint at Barca, and, after a spell in charge of Ajax, he returned to Camp Nou to manage the Catalan giants, where he won four successive Liga crowns while also leading what became known as 'The Dream Team' to European glory for the first time in the club's history in 1992.

A World Cup finalist in 1974, Cruyff was the main playing protagonist of the 'Total Football' style employed by both Ajax and the Dutch national team in their prime in the 1970s.