Former Fifa president Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100, it was announced today.
Havelange, who was head of world football’s governing body from 1974 to 1998, is understood to have died at the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Brazilian is credited with helping transform football into a global money-making machine, but his legacy has been tarnished by serious corruption allegations.
He resigned as honorary president of FIFA in 2013 after a report found he had taken bribes.
He handed over to Sepp Blatter, whose time at the helm was also dogged with corruption allegations.
While FIFA president, Havelange expanded the World Cup finals, growing the field of teams from 16 to 32 and helping to make it the largest sporting event in the world.
Havelange, a former Olympic swimmer and water polo player, was also a former member of the International Olympic Committee.
But he resigned from the IOC in 2011 citing health concerns at a time when he faced possible suspension over allegations of payments received from a former marketing firm.
He survived serious illness in 2012, when he was rushed to hospital with heart problems while recovering from an ankle infection.