About Me

My early years as a football player
A long and wonderful career
Full of achievements and prizes
My career after football...
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Here is how I started

My early years as a football player

I was born in November 4, 1972 in the City of Almada right on the other side of the river from Lisbon.
It was in a Club called “Os Pastilhas” that I started playing in very young age. When I was 13 years old I moved to Sporting of Portugal a club well known for developing and nurture talented players! Fortunately I’ve had many successes in this club, as a young player, allowing me to play in Portuguese National Team. As a Portuguese National Team player I was European Champion in U17 and world champion in U20.
With only 17 years old I started playing professional football in the Sporting CP first team!

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Professional career

During the time I’ve spent in Sporting CP as a professional player, between 1991 and 1995, I’ve played 115 matches having won the Portuguese Cup in 1995. At the end of this season, I was transferred to FC Barcelona. Over there I continued my development as a player, achieving worldwide acknowledgement and also winning many competitions. In 2000 I was transfer to Real Madrid where I’ve had the opportunity to play with some of the world’s best Players of all times. That helped me to improve myself becoming the FIFA’s best player of the year in 2000. Inter di Milano, was my final destination as a football player. Once again, my team and I had many successes, at a National and International level. In May 21st 2009, I’ve made my last match as a professional player.

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Prizes and achievements

› Member of the ESM Golden European Team – 1998, 1999 and 2000;
› 6th best European player, France Football (Ballon d’Or) – 1999
› Best European Player, France Football (Ballon d’Or) – 2000
› World Player of the Year, World Sports Awards – 2000
› World Player of the Year, World Sports Awards – 2000
› 5th World Player of the Year – 1999
› 2nd World Player of the Year, FIFA (World Player of the Year) – 2000
› Member of the Mastercard Euro 2000 All-Star Team
› 3rd most popular and acknowledged athlete in China – 2001
› Person of the year, in Sports: Portugal, Dubai, Bolivia and Japan – 2001
› World Player of the Year, FIFA (World Player of the Year) – 2001

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And now...

My career after football

After finishing my career as a football player, I’ve dedicated most of my time developing different kinds of projects with a special highlight for the “Luis Figo Foundation”. I’m also involved in projects in the USA, China and Portugal. More recently, in 2017, I’ve joined UEFA as a Special Advisor working together with the President ALEKSANDER CEFERIN, developing different projects such as technical aspects of the game, laws of the game and the overall attractiveness of the sport.