The Hague - Recently diagnosed with lung cancer, Dutch
football giant Johan Cruyff says excellent health care combined with his
constant passion for football leave him little time to worry about his health.
"There's so much happening in football and I love to
think and talk about it so much that I end up having very little time to
worry." the 1971, 1972 and 1973 Ballon d'Or winner wrote in his weekly
column in Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf.
"Another reason I don't worry so much is because of the
exceptional quality of care I've been getting from the doctors," said the
former Ajax and Barcelona star who led the Netherlands to the World Cup final
"We've passed the first round and a new road is opening
up," he wrote.
Also read: Dutch great Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer
Regarded as one of the world's greatest-ever players and one
of the chief proponents of the "total football" philosophy, the now
68-year-old legend has been getting treatment in Barcelona.
In his playing days Cruyff was often seen sporting a
cigarette from the side of his mouth and was known to light up at half-time or
as soon as he stepped out of the showers.
But he quit smoking after undergoing a double heart bypass
operation in 1991 at the age of 44 when he was reportedly smoking at least 20
cigarettes a day.For
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