Sunday 1 February 2015

Fan swaps 64 year-old ticket for World Cup final seat

Published 29/06/2014 | 13:30

Joedir Belmont (85), left, handed his 1950 World Cup final ticket over to FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke

In a World Cup filled with viral moments and hear felt tales, this story surely comes close to the best.

85-year-old Joedir Belmont had a ticket for the 1950 World Cup final in Brazil but, for a number of reasons, he was unable to attend the biggest game in the world. The match itself was a 2-1 victory for Uruguay over Brazil.

Before the World up had begun, when he heard that a football museum was opening the Brazilian wrote letter to FIFA in which he explained that he owned a unused ticket.

This Friday he received some amazing news, after he handed the ticket over to a FIFA secretary he was compensated for his generosity with tickets to the 2014 final where he will make the trip with his two children.

Belmont will now be hoping his native Brazil go all the way and he will get the chance to see his country in a World Cup final after all.

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