Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo was born on the 4th of November, 1972 as the only son of parents Antonio and Maria Joana. He grew up in a modest family setting in Almada, the working-class district of Lisbon. Luís began his career Os Pastilhas, before joining Sporting Lisbon at the age of 11. As a youngster, Figo won the U-16 Euro and the World Youth Cup in 1991. He was also on the Portugal team that finished second at the U-21 Euro in 1994.
By 1995, Luís Figo was a starting winger with Sporting Lisbon and clubs like Juventus and Parma were looking to sign him. Figo eventually transferred to Barcelona where he became an instant success. He helped Barcelona win the Cup Winners Cup in 1997 and captained the club to two La Liga titles in 1998 and 1999.
In 2000, Figo transferred to Real Madrid for a world record fee of £37.4 Million. Success followed him to Madrid where he captured the 2001 and 2003 Spanish title as well as the 2002 Champions League trophy. Figo joined Inter Milan in 2005 where he won four consecutive Serie A titles until his retirement in 2009.
Regardless of Figo’s presence, Portugal suffered an early exit in Euro 1996. In Euro 2000, Figo inspired Portugal to reach the semi-final where they were knocked out by France. Four years later, largely thanks to Figo, Portugal reached the Euro final, but his country was defeated by tournament surprise Greece. In 2000, Figo was given the European Footballer of the Year award. In 2001, he was also named FIFA World Footballer of the Year.
As a player, Figo is a right-footed winger who likes to dribble around opponents using his amazing array of feints and moves. Figo is a great player who can both hold possession as well as score goals.
|Born||4 November 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||180 cm / 6 feet|
|Weight||79 kg / 175 pounds|
|Teams||Sporting Clube (Lisbon)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Inter Milan (Italy)
|Skills||Dribbling, free kicks|