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Commemorating Cruyff with classical music

Dutch midfielder Johan Cruyff dribbles past Argentinian goalkeeper Daniel Carnevali on his way to scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina on June 26, 1974, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Cruyff scored two goals to help the Netherlands defeat Argentina 4-0. STF/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff died of cancer at age 68.

Considered one of the game's greatest players and one of its most important people, Cruyff began his playing career with his hometown club, Ajax Amsterdam, and later played for FC Barcelona. On the international level, Cruyff helped the Netherlands reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to (what was then West) Germany. Following his heralded playing career, Cruyff went on to have a successful career in coaching.

The Dutch Football Association called Cruyff "the greatest Dutch footballer of all time and one of the world's best ever," and said, "words can hardly be found for this huge loss."

Where words fail us, music can often fill the void. To celebrate the magnificent playing style of Johan Cruyff, this video on YouTube couples film highlights from Cruyff's playing days with music by Ludovico Einaudi and Antonio Vivaldi.

Dutch midfielder Johan Cruyff dribbles past Argentinian goalkeeper Daniel Carnevali on his way to scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina on June 26, 1974, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Cruyff scored two goals to help the Netherlands defeat Argentina 4-0. STF/AFP/Getty Images

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