THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A spokeswoman for Johan Cruyff says the Dutch football great has lung cancer.
Cruyff spokeswoman Carol Thate said Thursday that the 68-year-old former Ajax and Barcelona star underwent tests this week that confirmed cancer.
Cruyff was a smoker until undergoing an emergency heart bypass in 1991.
A three-time European footballer of the year, Cruyff was synonymous with the "Clockwork Orange" Netherlands teams of the early 1970s whose attacking brand of Total Football earned fans around the world.
His career began at Ajax and took him to Barcelona where, as player and later coach, his footballing philosophy laid the foundations for the dominant Barca teams of recent years.
The Associated Press