Alcides Ghiggia, the Uruguay striker who scored the World Cup winning goal in 1950, has passed away.
On the 65th anniversary of the day he helped his country beat the Selecao 2-1 in the Estadio do Maracana in the final match of the competition, the 88-year-old striker has suffered a heart-attack.
That edition of the competition saw a final group instead of a one-off match, and prior to the last match Brazil needed only a draw to lift their first crown. Despite scoring first, they succumbed to a shock defeat that became infamously known as Maracanazo.
The former Roma and AC Milan striker’s iconic moment came in the 79th minute of the final in Rio de Janeiro, when he scored past Barbosa to win the match and the tournament.
He later gave the iconic quote: “Only three people in history have managed to silence the Maracana with a single gesture: the Pope, Frank Sinatra and me.”
The winger later changed national teams to represent Italy after playing with Roma and AC Milan. As well as the World Cup, Ghiggia won two Primera Division titles with Penarol, a Fairs Cup with Roma and the Serie A with Milan.