Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff has lung cancer, his management confirmed on Thursday.
The cancer was confirmed by a hospital in Barcelona and Cruijff is now undergoing further tests to decide what treatment he should be given. Cruijff, who is 68, has lived in Spain for years.
Spanish media reported earlier on Thursday that Cruijff was sick and his former club, Barcelona, have wished him well.
Cruijff had heart trouble in the early 1990s and underwent a bypass operation. He also stopped smoking around that time.
Having advertised cigarettes when a player, Cruijff took part in an anti-smoking commercial in Catalonia. In the advert, Cruijff said football had given him everything but that smoking had taken almost everything away.