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Johan Cruyff needs to bring the fight back in him to tackle the lung cancerReuters

Barcelona legend and also one of the greatest footballers of this generation, Johan Cruyff, has apparently been diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Reports have appeared in Spain that the 68-year-old former football player and manager, who has remained the inspiration behind the famous football move 'Cruyff Turn', was diagnosed with the disease on Tuesday, but it was reported in the Spanish radio station RAC1 only this morning.

Catlan newspaper Mundo Deportivo has stated that tests are being conducted on the Dutch legend to know about the extent of the disease.

A statement is believed to arrive later in the day from Cruyff's spokesman on the former footballer's condition, the Guardian has reported.

Cruyff lifted the Dutch league title with Ajax on eight occasions and was a part of the golden generation of Dutch football. He was also the European Footballer of the Year in 1971, 1973 and 1974; the former attacking midfielder also remained one of the most instrumental players as he guided his nation to the final of the FIFA World Cup in 1974  when Holland were defeated by West Germany.

He returned as a manager in Barcelona in 1988 and guided the Spanish heavyweights to four back-to-back La Liga titles. Cruyff had won one La Liga title as a Barcelona player.

Meanwhile, Twitterati have reacted to the news with shock.

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