Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has passed away at the age of 100.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 16, 2016
Havelange spent more than two decades as the head of soccer’s governing body, helping turn it into a multi-billion dollar business.
Among his most important accomplishments during his time as President between 1974-1998 are expanding the World Cup from 16 to 32 teams, securing lucrative broadcast deals for the event and creating the women’s World Cup.
However, as with anything involving FIFA, Havelange’s presidency was full of controversy.
Havelange was considered the mastermind behind high-level corruption that has tainted FIFA for years and ultimately led to Sepp Blatter’s demise.
The former swimmer also spent nearly 50 years as a member of the International Olympics Committee.
The Brazilian flag was lowered to half-staff at Olympic venues in Rio in honor of Havelange.