LuÃŒs Figo a Portugal Number 10 Legend


Dennis Lee
Staff member

LuÃŒs Figo is a number 10 legend in his home country of Portugal, where he earned the most caps at 127. He played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale, during a long and successful career which lasted more than 20 years.

Although he played for Portugal in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, Figo made a name for himself in Spain. He is one of the few players to ever be brave enough to play for both rival teams Real Madrid and Barcelona. He lost a lot of fans when he made the choice to play for Real Madrid, but his record-setting 56 million dollar contract probably helped him to feel better!

Luis Figo is known as a powerhouse number 10 player. His style of play is aggressive, and he has the ability to capitalize on his opponents smallest mistakes. He can stop and turn on a dime, can dribble at incredible speed, and was known for his precise passing ability. Not necessarily known as a full-on scorer, Luis Figo was always consistent as a creative playmaker.

Figo had the honor of being named not only the 2000 European Footballer of the Year, but the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year. He retired in 2009, but there is much speculation that he may come out of retirement to play in Australia.