UltimateXI Profile: Luis Figo

By April 28, 2020

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portugal national team, a record at the time later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Renowned for his creativity and ability to get past defenders as a winger, Figo is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.

His 106 assists are the second-most in LaLiga history, behind Lionel Messi.

He won the 2000 Ballon d'Or, 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004, Pelé named him in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Figo is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. His controversial transfer in 2000 from Barcelona to bitter rivals Real Madrid set a world record fee of €62 million.

Figo had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, including the Portuguese Cup, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups.

On the international level, he scored 32 goals for Portugal, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups, helping them reach the final but finish as runners-up at Euro 2004.

Playing Career

Full name: Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo

Date of birth: 4 November 1972 (age 47)

Place of birth: Almada, Portugal

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Playing positions: Winger/Attacking midfielder

Clubs

Years                     Team              Apps      (Gls)

1989–1995          Sporting CP         137        (16)

1995–2000          Barcelona            172        (30)

2000–2005          Real Madrid          164        (38)

2005–2009          Inter Milan           105         (9)

Total                                            578        (93)

National team

1991–2006 Portugal

Honours

Sporting CP - Taça de Portugal: 1994–95

Barcelona - La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99; Copa del Rey: 1997, 1998; Supercopa de España: 1996; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1997; UEFA Super Cup: 1997

Real Madrid - La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03; Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003; UEFA Champions League: 2002; UEFA Super Cup: 2002; Intercontinental Cup: 2002

Inter Milan - Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09; Coppa Italia: 2006; Supercoppa Italiana: 2006, 2008

Individual

  • UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1994
  • Portuguese Golden Ball: 1994
  • Sporting CP Player of the Year: 1994
  • Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1997–98, 1999-00
  • La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2001
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000, 2004[65]
  • World Soccer (magazine) Player of the Year: 2000
  • Ballon d'Or: 2000
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2001
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver Award: 2000
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2003[65]
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2004–05
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
  • Inter Milan Player of the Year: 2006
  • FIFA 100
  • Golden Foot: 2011, as football legend
  • IFFHS Legends

 

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