Luis Figo started his career at Sporting Lisbon, a club which developed many other great Portuguese players.india Updated: May 17, 2006 15:10 IST
|Current Club: Inter Milan|
|Birth Date: November 4, 1972|
|Birth Place: Lisbon, Portugal|
|Position: Winger, attacking midfielder|
|Full Name: Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro|
Luís Figo started his career at Sporting Lisbon, a club which developed many other great Portuguese players. He won his first senior international cap in 1991; prior to that, he won the Under-20 World Championships and Under-16 European Championships with Portugal junior sides, a significant part of the nation's so called 'Golden Generation' in football, alongside compatriot, Rui Costa.
In 1995, Figo looked poised to join one of the big clubs of Europe, but a dispute between Italian clubs Juventus and Parma, Figo having signed contracts with both clubs, resulted in an Italian 2-year transfer ban on Figo, effectively stopping any moves to Italy.
However, the situation was eventually resolved for Figo, with a move to Spanish club FC Barcelona, under coach Johan Cruyff, and within four years he became a fan-favourite, captain and symbol of the Catalan side.
Already a great winger at the beginning of his career, Figo eventually became one of the best players in the world. His dazzling dribbling and the amazing amount of assists (Figo states that he enjoys assisting as much as scoring) assured him success and fame all over the world. Figo is recognized for his versatility throughout the pitch.