Brazil had one hand on that fabulous Jules Rimet Trophy heading into the last match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup™. They required just a draw, they were playing inside their own, newly-erected Estadio Maracana, and while Flavio Costa’s star-stacked side had thrashed Sweden 7-1 and Spain 6-1 in the final round to cruise to the cusp of glory,
Uruguay had only drawn with the Iberians and eked out a 3-2 victory over the Scandinavians.
Brazil led with just 25 minutes remaining. Uruguay then rallied to win 2-1, create one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history and devastate a nation.
64 years on, Brazil will finally get the chance to bury that nightmare when they host their second World Cup. And Ricardo Mell has painted the eye-catching above graffiti, in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, depicting Seleção No10 Neymar kissing goodbye to the ghost of Maracanazo.
Will 23 players validate one painter's vision in 2014?