Twitter reaction to sad passing of Dutch great Johan Cruyff aged 68
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | March 24, 2016
Netherlands and football great Johan Cruyff has died of cancer today aged 68, but while he is gone his legacy will last forever.
The former Ajax and Barcelona attacker is a three-time Ballon d’Or winner, while also claimed four European Cups (three in succession as a player with his Dutch home team and one as Barca boss).
You spent hours practising his turn as a kid. RIP Johan Cruyff. pic.twitter.com/MwnT315lXN
— Coral (@Coral) March 24, 2016
In recognition of one of the game’s iconic figures, who made famous the ‘Cruyff Turn’, we pick out just some of the many posts on Twitter in tribute to the late great.
Firstly, on his own Twitter page
— Johan Cruyff (@JohanCruyff) March 24, 2016
His former clubs and country
— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) March 24, 2016
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 24, 2016
Diep bedroefd door het overlijden van Johan Cruijff, de grootste Nederlandse voetballer aller tijden. pic.twitter.com/XsiIHllb34
— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) March 24, 2016
— Levante UD (@LevanteUD) March 24, 2016
— KNVB (@KNVB) March 24, 2016
Some of Cruyff’s Dutch compatriots
Deeply saddened by the death of my best coach and good friend. Thanks for everything. Forever in our heart. pic.twitter.com/DnMWxydiAn
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) March 24, 2016
— John Heitinga (@Johnheitinga) March 24, 2016
"YOU were too great to ever be forgotten . . . " R.I.P. Johan Cruijff My sincere condolences to… https://t.co/txpp8Ny9vS
— Patrick Kluivert (@PatrickKluivert) March 24, 2016
Johan Cruijff died…. Lost for words The Greatest of All Time My Hero Thanks for all the memories pic.twitter.com/08AjTfJ7SD
— Raymond v Barneveld (@Raybar180) March 24, 2016
Shocked by the sad news about Johan Cruyff. RIP???? pic.twitter.com/L8ZOBDEfka
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) March 24, 2016
1/2 RIP Johan Cruyff, true football royalty. I don't think anyone has ever influenced the game as much as he has done. #JohanCruyff
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 24, 2016
Goodbye to one of the all-time legends of football. Player and coach ahead of his time. RIP Johan Cruyff.
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 24, 2016
Fellow past greats
Johan Cruyff. Extraordinary player. One of the best ever. Had the privilege to play with him twice. RIP
— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) March 24, 2016
Sad to hear that Johan Cruyff has died. Football has lost a man who did more to make the beautiful game beautiful than anyone in history.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 24, 2016
Very saddened by the passing of Johan Cruyff – a dear friend unbelievable player and a national hero!!
— Ian Rush MBE (@Ian_Rush9) March 24, 2016
Shocked by the sad news of Johan cruyff .RIP
— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) March 24, 2016
RIP Johan Cruyff a true football great legend
— Chris waddle (@chriswaddle93) March 24, 2016
Johan Cruyff one of the most influential figures on our game we've ever seen. RIP
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 24, 2016
From elsewhere in sport
Johan #Cruyff was one of the few true greats. He will always be remembered & revered as a magical Total footballer & a visionary coach. RIP.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 24, 2016
Gutted about the Johan Cruyff .. My youth was spent trying to 'Cruyff turn' all my pals … #RIPJohanCruyff
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 24, 2016
Desperately sad to hear of the death of the Dutch master Johan Cruyff
— Jim White (@JimWhite) March 24, 2016
And even celebs recognise Cruyff’s genius
— Omid Djalili (@omid9) March 24, 2016
Such sad news about Johan Cruyff. An inspiration to a generation. One of the true greats! pic.twitter.com/MA0S3U6VSj
— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) March 24, 2016
Every time you've admired the fluidity and grace of Barca, you've admired Johan Cruyff. He has given every football fan so much. #legacy
— Ralf Little (@RalfLittle) March 24, 2016