offpitch | 2015-10-22
Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer
The football legend will undergo more tests to determine the extent of the disease
Johan Cruyff, ex-Barcelona player and manager, has been diagnosed with lung cancer last Tuesday. He previously had health problems in 1991, undergoing a heart operation and notoriously changing his lifestyle, assisting Catalonia with anti-tobacco campaigns and substituting smoking with candies.
Susana Monje, economical vice-president, said: "We send Cruyff our support for this difficult situation he's going through."
The player that changed FC Barcelona's history forever after being signed by the club in 1973, winning the league and ending a league trophy drought that was nearing two decades. He won the Golden Ball three times (1971, 1973, 1974) and was part of the legendary Netherlands side that revolutionized football and reached the World Cup final in 1974. Later as a manager, he coached Ajax through a transitional period and engineered Barça's legendary dream team, known for the conquest of the 1992 European Cup and four consecutive La Liga titles.
The legendary footballer acted as advisor during Joan Laporta's reign, bringing Frank Rijkaard and later supported Guardiola's promotion as the first team manager. Barcelona currently have a partnership with the Cruyff Foundation.
Get well soon Johan, we know you are going to beat this illness just like you nonchalantly passed through your opponents in the past!
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WRITTEN BY: Rafael Hernández
A die hard Barcelona fan since the Joan Gaspart years, Rafael has seen the best and worst of his club. One of the Grup 14 founders, currently overlooking and coordinating the group's strategy. Rafael’s also a football journalist and entrepreneur.