He has matured from a precocious winger who won the under-16 and
under-20 FIFA World Championship to one of the most sought-after
playmakers in world football.
He can play
on either wing, but now more usually plays in midfield, where
he can dictate the play. Supremely skilful, he can take on and
beat defenders and also make killer passes.
He also starred
at EURO 96™, where he scored once in his four appearances,
and scored three goals in eight EURO 2000™ qualifying matches.
Figo was born
in Lisbon in 1972 and is one of the few players at FC Barcelona
to have survived the reigns of Johan Cruyff and Louis Van Gaal.
to Barcelona from Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1995 for the cut-price
fee of £1.5 million after contradictory contracts signed
by Figo and his agent for moves to both Parma AC and Juventus
FC resulted in the midfielder receiving a two year ban from Italian
a blessing in disguise, for Figo has become a much-loved figure
at the Nou Camp stadium and when Pep Guardiola fell out of favour
with Van Gaal, Figo was made club captain.
argue that Figo is one of the most under-rated players in the
world because Portugal do not enjoy the high profile afforded
the national teams of such countries as Brazil and Spain.
Club: FC Real Madrid
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