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Johan Cruyff passes away at the age of 68

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Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest to ever play the game, has passed away at the age of 68. Cruyff spent the vast majority of his career in Europe with Ajax and Barcelona, but spent two years playing in the North American Soccer League as his career was winding down.

Cruyff suited up for the New York Cosmos ahead of the 1979 season, but a deal to bring the legendary Dutchman to New York was never completed. Instead, Cruyff spent the 1979 season with the Los Angeles Atztecs, where he was named the NASL Player of the Year. He'd move again ahead of the 1980 season, joining the Washington Diplomats. He returned to Europe after his time in the United States, and scored a grand total of 25 goals in his 53 matches in North America.

After his playing days were over, Cruyff took up management, leading both Ajax and Barcelona at the club level, as well as Catalonia. Few, if any, have ever had the sort of impact on the sport that Johan Cruyff did, both during his playing days, and in management. He'll be sorely missed by fans everywhere.