The Netherlands football legend Johan Cruyff has died of cancer aged 68.

Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, won the Ballon d’Or three times.

Regarded as one the greatest players of all time, he won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax and went on to manage Barcelona to their first European Cup triumph in 1992.

Cruyff helped his country reach the World Cup final in 1974, where they lost to West Germany.

It was at the 1974 World Cup where he first showcased the ‘Cruyff turn’ in a match against Sweden.

Cruyff, who had double heart bypass surgery in 1991, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015.

In February, Cruyff said he felt he was “2-0 up in a match” against lung cancer and he was “sure I will end up winning”.

Barcelona won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1990-91 to 1993-94 under his guidance.