Netherlands football legend Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
The 68-year-old was informed of the illness last week after undergoing tests in Spain.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner was a long-term smoker but after double heart bypass surgery in 1991 he kicked the habit.
As a player Cruyff played for Ajax, Feyenoord and Barcelona, among others, winning a host of league and European titles.
He coached both Ajax and Barca to great success, notably the Catalans who he steered to four consecutive La Liga titles and their first European Cup in the early ’90s.
Both clubs have developed youth academies based on Cruyff’s coaching methods.
He is now undergoing further tests to understand the extent of the disease.