Former Portugal star Figo enters race for FIFA presidency

Portuguese legend Luis Figo has entered the race to become FIFA president and challenge long-serving incumbent Sepp Blatter, the Daily Star has reported.

The 42-year-old former attacking midfielder had a distinguished career, winning two Spanish titles each with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and winning the Champions League with the latter. He ended his playing days with Inter and helped them win four successive Serie A titles, and also won the World Player of the Year award for 2001.

Blatter, who has been in control of football’s world governing body since 1998, will stand for a fifth term in office and is likely to win the backing of a number of member associations. However, Figo is the fifth person to announce their intention to challenge the Swiss, after Prince Ali of Jordan, Jerome Champagne, Dutchman Michael van Praag and former France star David Ginola.

Revealing his bid to become FIFA boss, Figo 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.

“As I speak to many people in football – to players, managers and association presidents – so many of those people have told me that something has to be done.”

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