Sepp Blatter is just 9/20 to win the FIFA presidential election after the organisation revealed it would not be postponed despite being under investigation by the FBI.
The odds suggest the non-stick bureaucrat remains strongly fancied to see off 31/20 shot Prince Ali of Jordan, his sole adversary still standing in the race for the post.
Blatter’s eyebrow-raising decision to run for a fifth term in office despite stipulating that he would not contest another election if voted in for the fourth time back in 2011 suggests he is far from ready to hand over the controls.
Having joined as technical director in 1975, the 79-year-old Swiss has been at the helm of the occasionally scandal-dogged governing body since 1998.
But, how does his indefatigable longevity stand up against some of history’s most nefarious evil overlords? It seems he’s still got some way to go…
Currently 17 years into his part as FIFA ringleader, Blatter has already outstayed Darth Vader, whose time as head honcho of the Dark Side clocked in at a moderate six earth years.
His FIFA presidency has also outlasted Lord Voldemort’s brief but brutal tenure as nemesis to Harry Potter and long-deceased Hobbit bane Sauron is firmly in his sights if another term can be secured having bit the dust after 18 years in Mordor.
However, the aforementioned trio aside, the Swiss has someway to go to match the longevity of history’s most immovable svengalis of misrule.
In hindsight, the eighties was a golden period for master villains, with Megatron, Skeletor, Mr Burns, and Dr Claw all emerging within a six-year period.
All four remain thorns in the respective sides of the Transformers, He-Man, Springfield and Inspector Gadget to this very day, with the Decepticons, the assault on Castle Greyskull, nuclear power and M.A.D still going concerns.
Peerless though Blatter, 80 in March 2016, may be in his chosen field of enterprise, time may ultimately prove against him when it comes to overhauling the quartet.
Meanwhile, as yet only imagined advances in technology will be required if the FIFA impresario is to ever come close to emulating the elite antiheroes, particularly the
unsurpassed longevity of Ming The Merciless.
First seen giving Flash Gordon the runaround back in 1934, he’s still at large and was most recently spotted in the 2011 Dynamite Comics release Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist.