The 45-year-old Swiss-Italian general secretary of UEFA got 115 votes in the second round of the election held at the FIFA Congress while the Asian Football Confederation president got 88.

Infantino takes over the 209-member, multi-billion dollar body from Sepp Blatter with world football's image at an all-time low.

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Blatter has been banned from football for six years and US and Swiss authorities have launched major corruption investigations into FIFA and other football federations. Infantino said that despite the scandals of the past year football deserves to be 'highly respected'.

"And we will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us," a visibly surprised Infantino told the Congress. Sheikh Salman, a member of the Bahrain royal family, was one of the first to congratulate his rival.

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