Luis Figo announces bid for Fifa presidency
Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo announced on Wednesday (Jan 28) that he is to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in this year’s Fifa’s presidential election.
“I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of Fifa — not only now but in the past years — I don’t like it,” the 42-year-old said in an interview broadcast by CNN.
“If you search Fifa on the Internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal — not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.”
Figo joins Asian Football Confederation vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Dutch football chief Michael van Praag, ex-Fifa executive Jerome Champagne and former France winger David Ginola in the running to unseat Blatter, who will bid for a fifth term in office in the May 29 election.
The deadline for nominees to announce their candidacies falls on Thursday (Jan 29).
Figo told CNN he had secured the necessary support from five national football associations, but declined to identify them.
He said: “I’ve been talking with so many important people in football — players, managers, president of federations — and they all think that something has to be done.”
Figo won the Ballon d’Or in 2000 and was voted Fifa World Player of the Year in 2001.