Julio Grondona and Sepp Blatter at the France-Argentina World Cup quarterfinal (Getty Images)

(WFI) Julio Grondona will be remembered for his 35 years of work at the helm of the Argentine Football Federation.

The Argentine died Thursday in Buenos Aires.

Gorndona served on FIFA’s executive committee since 1988 and served in positions such as the chairman of the finance committee and senior vice president in the governing body.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed his condolences saying he is mourning the loss of a “lifelong friend.”

“I feel a great personal sense of loss,” Blatter said.

“It is also a huge blow for FIFA as an organization, as he was one of its key figures. On behalf of FIFA, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Julio’s family.”

“Julio Grondona was a very pleasant man who would happily spend many hours talking about football, and I was fortunate to engage in these discussions with him,” UEFA president Michel Platini said in a statement.

“He was a true football lover for many, many years, and on behalf of the European football family, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family, and to Argentinian football.”

CONMEBOL, the South American Football Federation, announced that tributes for Gorndona would be put in place.

The federation says Gorndona was “an engine for development of football, not only South American, but worldwide.”

All flags at the CONMEBOL headquarters will be flown at half mast through Friday.

By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer

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