Luis Figo

Portugal has given the world a lot of famous football players, such as the winner of 5 Ballons d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo, Rui Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Anderson Luis de Souza, also known as Deco. And, of course, one cannot but remember Luis Figo.

The Portuguese Luis Figo was born on the 4th of November in 1972, in Lisbon. He has fewer awards than his countryman Ronaldo, nevertheless, in his time he was known all over the world. In Portugal Figo was considered to be a brilliant player, while in Spain he was treated like a traitor. Why so?

At first, let’s mention the fact that the road to fame and success was thorny and rocky for Figo. He was born in the working-class district of Lisbon, and his childhood was not all rainbows and unicorns. He knew that he would have to work really hard for every escudo. The only entertainment for kids of the district was football, which they played whenever they had free time. Figo’s fascination and devotion brought him to the Academy of Sporting Clube de Portugal, the most prestigious club in the country those days.

Figo made his first league debut at the age of 17 at Sporting CP. During his time in the club he was closely watched by the representatives of many European top clubs. Eventually Figo made a move to Spanish Barcelona. From the very beginning the young, talented and mobile Luis became public’s favourite. He was a true leader of the team. It was with Figo that Barcelona won the 1996-97 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 2 seasons of La Liga in a row. Due to his mighty play, Figo became the embodiment of style, status and power of the club. That’s why when Luis decided to leave the club for Real Madrid, Barcelona’s army of fans perceived his choice as a betrayal. The fans were so offended and hurt by his move that even now this topic remains a sensitive one among the fans. Figo himself felt underestimated by Barcelona management, and Real Madrid met all of his expectations, including financial ones. The President of Real Madrid Florentino Perez was very generous to Barcelona management as well. So, obviously only fans suffered from this decision, which, by the way, turned out to be the right one for Figo as his results in Real Madrid were fabulous. He helped the club to win Spanish La Liga for the first time in 4 years and the Champions League the following season.

When the new manager of Real Madrid Vanderlei Luxemburgo tried to bench him, Figo left the club to join the Italian club Inter Milan in 2005. With Luis, Inter Milan won the Scudetto 4 times in a row and the Coppa Italia.

On May 16, 2009, Luis Figo announced his retirement from football. But we will always admire those wonderful football moments that he gave us.

 

In honour of this talented player, we want to bet on the team, where he finished his career. On July 5, Inter host Bologna in the 30th round of the Italian Serie A. The odds for Inter’s victory are 1.53!

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