Johan Cruyff, a legendary soccer player died at the age of 68. He had been struggling for five months from lung cancer.

On Feb. 13, according to The Telegraph, Cruyff said the results of his cancer treatment had been “very positive.” He said, “Right now, I have the feeling that I am 2-0 up in the first half of a match that has not finished yet. But I am sure that I will end up winning.”

He was responsible for changing the Netherlands. He was ferociously competitive and interested in money. As he pointed out: “When my career ends, I cannot go to the baker and say: ‘I’m Johan Cruyff, give me some bread,” Guardian reported. The Dutch prime minister said,  “The whole world knew him and, through him, the world knew the Netherlands.”

Cruyff’s mother was a cleaner at Ajax and persuaded him to join the club at the age of 12. This was the day that altered the history of soccer. He gained fame in European grounds. After joining Ajax as a coach, his love affair for Ajax blossomed again, BBC reports.

He redefined football and made principles. David Winner, the author of “Brilliant Orange – The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football,” remembered Cruff saying,”I don’t go through life cursing the fact that I didn’t win a World Cup. I played in a fantastic team that gave millions of people watching a great time. That’s what football is all about.

“The Dutch team of the 1970s was fantastic to watch. People say that to me every day here in France [where he happened to be]. That is the biggest reward I can have as an ex-player: I played my football in a thrilling team.

“On March 24, 2016, Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement in his official website.