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BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- World sports lost many shining stars in 2016: Muhammad Ali, Johan Cruyff Nike Air Force 1 High Womens Australia Cheap , and Craig Sager, to name a few. While each will be missed, their indelible contributions to world sports mean that our memories of them will not be fading any time soon.
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*Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 on June 4 Nike Air Force 1 High Womens Australia , after battling the Parkinson's disease for 32 years. Considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, the three-time heavyweight boxing champion fought both his disease and racial discrimination over the course of his long career.
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Ali was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 1998. He dedicated his life to justice and sought to emphasize the importance of sportsmanship.
*World famous football player and coach Johan Cruyff died of cancer on March 24 at the age of 69. Cruyff is widely credited as the man who changed FC Barcelona's mentality and style, ushering in an era of dominance for the club in both Spain and Europe.
Among soccer giants Nike Air Force 1 High Mens Australia , Cruyff enjoyed popularity equal to that of Pele, Diego Maradona and Franz Beckenbauer, and was the first in this group of legends to pass away. But his legacy lives on: the playing styles of Ajax Nike Air Force 1 High Australia Cheap , the Netherlands, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team Nike Air Force 1 High Australia , are influenced by him.
*FIFA's former president Joao Havelange passed away during the 2016 Olympics held in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. He passed away at the incredible age of 100, and was able to witness the Olympics held successfully on his doorstep.
Havelange led FIFA for 24 years between 1974 and 1998, launching a series of reforms to make the world football governing body a "commercial empire."