Uruguay's soccer legend Alcides Ghiggia dies, aged 88
July 17 , 2015
Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia, the legendary footballer who scored Uruguay’s winning goal against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup, has died, aged 88. He scored the winner ten minutes before the final whistle in Rio, inflicting one of the biggest defeats in Brazil’s football history.
Ghiggia was the last surviving player from Uruguay from that historic match. He was honored by Uruguay’s Congress when he turned 80. He had described the 1950 final as the “biggest moment” of his life.