Former Portuguese footballer Luis Figo is set to compete against Sepp Blatter for FIFA’s Presidency when the elections take place this year. Figo is another high profile candidate set to stand as David Ginola threw his hat into the ring backed by bookmakers Paddy Power.
Figo is 42-years-old and perhaps will no be the public’s favourite, for former winger a legend of the sport. Figo began his career in 1984 with the Sporting CP youth academy in his native Lisbon. After graduating to the first team he played 137 games and was bought by Barcelona for £2.25m. Figo played 172 La Liga matches, scoring 30 times but then made the cardinal sin of moving to major Spanish rivals Real Madrid in July 2000 for a massive $60.1m.
Figo experienced mass hatred from the Barcelona support who threw a pigs head at him in the El Clasico derby. Despite this he played 164 La Liga ties for Real Madrid, scoring 38 times. Figo finished his career with Inter Milan in Serie A and now the former 127 capped Portugal international wants to move into the administration of the game, claiming to have the backing of the required 5 associations he needs to stand.
FIFA’s Presidential race is hotting up with Prince Ali of Jordan, Michael Van Praag of the Netherlands and Jerome Champagne of France. David Ginola is an outside bet whilst Mino Raiola, the agent of Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is another underdog.
Figo is hurting because of the reputation of FIFA under long-term President Sepp Blatter and said: “Football has given me so much during my life and I want to give something back to the game. I look at the reputation of Fifa right now and I don’t like it. Football deserves better. In recent weeks, months, and even years, I have seen the image of Fifa deteriorate.”
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