After a seemingly never-ending nine-hour election, 45-year-old Gianni Infantino became FIFA's ninth president.

Gianni Infantino gives his victory speech after being elected as FIFA's ninth president. #FIFAelection https://t.co/jM1k9CZpeL

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 26, 2016

Infantino, who previously served as UEFA's general secretary, was one of the favorites heading into the election Friday, and won by a simple majority vote over Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa in the second round. Many current and former players and executives, including U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, celebrated the result.

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Congratulations @Gianni_2016 finally the change arrived 👏👏 it's time for a new era in FIFA pic.twitter.com/8VMnOmXiRV

— Luís Figo (@LuisFigo) February 26, 2016

Congratulations to @Gianni_2016 on being elected #FIFA President. We look forward to working together to embrace reform and good governance.

— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati) February 26, 2016

Congratulations @Gianni_2016! #FIFAelection pic.twitter.com/wrstRHtGQB

— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) February 26, 2016

With Gianni Infantino, new President of FIFA, congratulations! @FIFAcom pic.twitter.com/4UKh4QwBO5

— Javier Zanetti (@javierzanetti) February 26, 2016

No question that @ussoccer played a critical role in helping whip the votes between ballots. Switched to Infantino and brought friends.

— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) February 26, 2016

Por um futebol mais organizado e moderno , parabéns @gianni_2016 você representa muito para o futebol mundial e agora de presidente da FIFA " For a better organized and modern football. Congratulations @Gianni_2016 ! You represent a lot for the world's soccer and now the president of FIFA.

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Many fans and analysts remained skeptical, however, as to whether Infantino could turn FIFA around.

Wish @Gianni_2016 all the best. He's got one hell of a job on his hands but seems a decent chap. Needs a sizeable new broom.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 26, 2016

Have this weird feeling that Gianni Infantino will pull off his mask to reveal Sepp Blatter.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 26, 2016

Sepp Blatter: "He [Gianni Infantino, new President] has all the qualities to continue my work."

For the sake of football, I hope not.

— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 26, 2016

Double-edged sword for Gianni Infantino. He has a decent support moving forward, but a hell of a lot of work to do.

— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) February 26, 2016

Just to clarify this #FIFAelection could have taken about 12/15 minutes. Anyone else surprised #FIFA has made a mockery of this?! 🤔🤔🤔

— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) February 26, 2016

Infantino comes from a Swiss village called Brig. The next village along, Visp, is home to ... Sepp Blatter.

— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) February 26, 2016

Five months ago Infantino wasn't even in this race. Now he's about to become one of the best-paid men in world football.

— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) February 26, 2016

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