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Player Profile: Luis Figo  

Luis FigoFull name: Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro

Position: Midfielder

Date of Birth: 4 November 1972

Birthplace: Almada, Portugal

 

Luis Figo is seen by many as the outstanding wide player of his generation. His classy dribbling, pinpoint crossing and high work-rate have led to him being recognised with European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year awards during his career.

Born in Almada on the outskirts of Lisbon, Figo came through the ranks at Sporting. His talent was identified from an early age, and the young winger was part of the Portugal side that won under-16 and under-20 international trophies in the late 1980s.

Golden Spanish years

He spent four seasons as a key member of the first-team at Sporting, before deciding to leave for Barcelona in 1995. Although the coach who brought him to Spain, Johan Cruijff, soon left the club, Figo made a huge impact, helping the Catalans to two La Liga titles, a Cup Winners’ Cup and two Spanish Cups, and becoming a huge fan favourite.


In 2000 Figo was at the centre of one of the most infamous transfers in football history. Florentino Perez, president of Barca’s fierce rivals Real Madrid, announced that he had agreed a deal to sign the Portuguese star. Real paid a staggering €65m to activate Figo’s release clause and complete the switch, infuriating the Nou Camp fans.

Figo thrived at the Bernabeu, winning La Liga in his first season and the Champions League the following year. A fourth Spanish title of his career followed in 2003 and Figo oversaw the likes of Ronaldo and David Beckham arriving in Madrid as Perez looked to create the famous ‘Galactico’ team of superstars.

Italian switch

However, after two years without a trophy, Figo became frustrated with the club’s apparent priority of commercial success and big-name signings. In 2005, amid continued concern about the direction the club was going - Figo departed for Internazionale.

Initial scepticism from the Italian press about the 33-year-old’s hunger was soon proved to be unfounded. Figo showed his class and established himself as one of Inter’s key players, helping the team win the Italian Cup in his first season. Inter were later awarded the Italian title after a match-fixing scandal punished Juventus and Milan.

His contract ends in the summer of 2007, and should Figo decide on one more port of call as he winds down his illustrious career, he is unlikely to be short of offers.

International Career

Although Figo himself impressed at several tournaments, possibly the only disappointment of his career was that he, along with the generation of players so successful at youth level, were unable to win a major international trophy.

They came close, reaching the final of Euro 2004 on home soil, only to suffer heartbreak with a 1-0 loss to Greece. After briefly quitting international football, Figo graced the biggest stage one last time at the World Cup in 2006, before bowing out with a record 127 caps for his country.

In his homeland Figo is considered second only to Eusebio as Portugal’s greatest ever player. 

by Sean Gillen

ClubAppearances*Goals
Sporting12916
Barcelona17230
Real Madrid16338
Internazionale**949
   
 PORTUGAL
12732

* League only

** Up to 18 February 2009

Comments (13)
my favourite
13 Friday, 21 March 2014 12:49
solahu olayinka
If not for messi and ronaldo, luis would have been the best but all the same you're still my choice
Football
12 Monday, 18 November 2013 11:22
Antonio Carretas
As a player and as a Person you The Best"
he was my player at all times
11 Sunday, 29 September 2013 19:20
mike dickson. Malawi
up to now am still looking for ur replacement figo.
Luis Figo
10 Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:50
Mustapha Bawoh
I like the way Figo was playing. Hope potugar will have his type
Luis Figo
9 Friday, 31 August 2012 20:33
The Greatest
luis figo
8 Monday, 02 July 2012 18:03
Figo you are my all time favorite football player,My ambition is to meet u once,am waiting for those golden moments.Portugal is my favorite team and i love that country.Once i will be there in Portugal to see u and to spend some days there in such a great nation of navigators
Figo will always be number 1 to me!!!
7 Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:27
I miss watching Figo play! It is an honor to call him Portuguese. My greatest dream is to someday meet him. I'm such a fan. I love u figo
Cr7 not even a close comparison to this man ....FIGO !
6 Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:59
Now here we have a true ,complete genius.Luis Figo was possibly the most complete footballer of all time ,his strenght ,skill and ability to create open space in the pitch made him one of the most lethal and intelligent players of all time,a one of a kind footballer ,truly a joy to watch and us true football fans have definately missed his presence , a dominant player in which the football world or those who were blessed to see him play just simply bow with grace to such a legend....thank you FIGO !
god father
5 Monday, 18 October 2010 04:07
Figo forever best player in the world?
Luis Figo
4 Thursday, 17 June 2010 18:53
Luis figo is my favourite player.
Figo
3 Friday, 21 May 2010 12:03
He is my favourite player ever, I admire him!!! A real gentleman and a fantastic person. I won't say anything about him as a player, everybody knows he is a genous!
duh
2 Sunday, 11 April 2010 20:29
of course hes good looking....hes portuguese
Luis Figo
1 Wednesday, 10 February 2010 14:13
FIGO! ooh la laah not only is he good looking but a GREAT player ... you have to give the guy his credit he is indeed GOOD!!!!

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