(CNN)As one 79-year-old man shuffled off the global stage, the world appeared to unite in celebration.
Following the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, many users of Twitter could hardly contain their glee.
With FIFA beset by allegations of corruption, the resignation of the man who has headed soccer's governing body for 17 years was widely heralded as a good thing for football.
Sepp #Blatter stepping down!!! A giant step forward for the beautiful game and its fans.
Football players past and present welcomed the news, including former England striker turned broadcaster Gary Lineker.
Blatter has resigned. Can't quite believe it. FIFA always appeared to be such a fine upstanding organisation.
Missing Blatter already!
Former U.S. national team defender Alexi Lalas' schedule was interrupted by the news.
Just got pulled out of a WWC meeting. Wonder why?
Vincent Kompany, who plays for Belgium and Manchester City in the English Premier League, warned that football still has lots to do to repair its reputation.
Blatter wasn't sole responsible, more have to follow. Transparency and voting reform, then we move on and bring back ethics. #FIFA
Meanwhile Dutch soccer great Ruud Gullit wondered what could have prompted Blatter to announce this decision now.
What kind of garbage is coming out for #blatter to step down as just elected president of FIFA?????
It wasn't just football figures who weighed in. British entrepreneur Richard Branson also had his say, while Piers Morgan thanked the U.S. for turning up the heat on FIFA.
Finally Blatter resigns - opportunity for FIFA to rebuild trust in the beautiful game: http://t.co/azg57J8Non
In a rare turn of events, British journalist Marina Hyde was grateful to Blatter.
Finally I have something to thank Blatter for: his timing allows me to delete perhaps the worst column in human history and start another
Portuguese football legend Luis Figo was one of the candidates who initially stood against Blatter in the presidential race before eventually pulling out ahead of last week's ballot.
Change is finally coming. Let's find a solution to start a new era of transparency and democracy in FIFA. http://t.co/XXYt1NfooH
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