Luis Figo

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  • Sport: Football
  • Born:November 4, 1972 ,Lisbon, Portugal
  • Residence:Madrid, Spain
One of the most celebrated players in Portuguese history, Luis Figo is one of the few footballers to have played successfully for both leading Spanish clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Biography

One of the most celebrated players in Portuguese history, Luis Figo is one of the few footballers to have played successfully for both leading Spanish clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. He retired from football in May 2009 having played 127 times for the Portuguese national football team, making him the most capped Portuguese player in history. Figo was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year and the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year. A classic midfield player, Figo was able to beat opponents at will, possessed a powerful free kick and was able to keep his strikers supplied with accurate passes. Figo began his club career with Sporting Lisbon before moving to FC Barcelona in 1995 where his career really took off. At the Camp Nou, Figo won a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup title in 1996–97 and successive Primera División titles. He played 172 times for Barcelona, scoring 30 goals, before being transferred to Real Madrid for a record €60 million in 2000. His arrival at the Bernabeu marked the beginning of the Galactico Era there and he was a member of the team which won the La Liga title in 2001 and 2003 and the 2002 UEFA Champions League. Figo moved to Internazionale of Milan in 2005 on a free transfer, eventually retiring in 2009, the day Inter won the 2008/09 Serie A title. Figo made his debut for the Portuguese national team in October 1991, when just 18, and played at the highest level throughout his career, playing in the European Championship in 1996, 2000 and 2004 and in the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006. Figo is an ambassador for the Stop TB Partnership in the fight against tuberculosis. He works closely with Inter Milan, serving as an ambassador for the club. He is also a board member of the Inter Campus charity project run by Inter.