Last survivor of first World Cup soccer final dies at 100

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Francisco Varallo, remaining survivor of the first World Cup final in 1930, has died at the age of 100, Argentine media reported on Monday.

Varallo, who played for the Argentina side that lost 4-2 to Uruguay in the 1930 final in Montevideo, died in his home town of La Plata, 50 km south of Buenos Aires.

He was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit in 1994.

In an interview marking his 100th birthday in February, the forward known for his bravery and accurate shooting said Argentina lost the 1930 final through "lack of guts" after leading 2-1 at halftime.

He retired due to injury at the age of 30 in 1940.

(Reporting by Rex Gowar; editing by Justin Palmer)