The legend, Johan Cruyff (also spelled Cruijff I believe in some places http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_
Cruijff) who may not be as well-known in the USA at least, as Pele and Maradona and a few others, a virtuoso of "Total Football" and striker for such teams as Barcleona, Ajax and yes, NASL (meaning North American Soccer League) teams the Los Angeles Aztecs and Washington Dipomats, a player who's dynamic moves one can track down on youtube has explained why he missed the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina.
The full story can be read at Dutch international website; Soccerway http://www.soccerway.com/news/2008/
There are questions concerning the 1978 World Cup and how it was put on: but it does not take away from the fine performances of some teams including Holland who made it to the final. One can only wonder how Holland might have done without Cruyff however, the article ends on this sentence to reflect on:
"The team did fare well without Cruyff, once again reaching the final where this time they lost out to Argentina."