Before his emergence on Friday, as the new FIFA President, Switzerland’s Gianni Infantino had sought the support of 209 Member Football Associations (FAs), making up FIFA, as well as ex-internationals and football legends.
According to Infantino, he had in the run-up to the election visited 70 countries and over 150 FAs.
Vanguard captures some football legends who openly threw their weights behind Infantino, before the mind-pulsating election which ran into a 2nd ballot today.
Among the many ex-football internationals who took to their social media accounts to express their support for Infantino, were ex-Portuguese international, Luís Figo; ex-Italian internationals, Gianluigi Buffon and Gennaro Gattuso; ex-Brazilian internationals, Roberto Carlos and Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu, ex-Cameroonian international, Samuel Eto’o, and Tobagonian former football player, Dwight Yorke;
See their social media posts on Twitter and Facebook supporting Infantino:
Samuel Eto’o wrote on his facebook page:
I wish Gianni to win the FIFA election. I know that he has the interests of football at heart and that his experience, his determination and his passion for sports can allow make a real difference for football in Africa and throughout the world.