Luis Figo. One of the best midfielders of his generation.
The Portuguese was a master in his craft, a winger-cum-midfielder blessed with immense talent, with his quick, elegant, and highly skillful dribbling ability helping him to easily glide past some of the best defenders the game ever saw.
Style of play
His vision was close to none, his ability to create spaces for other teammates with step-overs and feints was a joy to watch.
He was lethal in the final third as well, providing 106 assists in LaLiga, only second to Messi.
He also thrived in one-on-one situations. Overall, his style of play was highly synonymous with the famous Brazilian Samba style.
He was also a leader, captaining both Portugal and Barcelona for years. In fact, he is fourth on the list of Portugal’s all-time top-scorers with 32 goals.
Luís Figo’s magical right-boot. 🎩 pic.twitter.com/DwzyPWt5gQ
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 18, 2021
Clubs and honours
Figo featured for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, even though it was at the former he shone the brightest, winning among others 4 La Liga titles, 2 Copa Del Rey, 3 Spanish Súper Copa, 1 UEFA Champions League.
He was at Barcelona between 1995-2000, before the controversial move to rivals Madrid in 2000.
He is fondly remembered to have been the glue that brought together the famous Real Madrid team that won the Champions League in 2002.
DAY 26 FACT 26: Over 30 players have played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid – but Luis Figo is the only player in history to have played over 240 matches for BOTH Spanish giants.#FactADayUntilThe30thMay pic.twitter.com/7MEMZNYtX0
— Alex Goncalves (@Aljeeves) May 26, 2020
- 🏆🏆🏆🏆 LaLiga
- 🏆🏆🏆🏆 Serie A
- 🏆🏆🏆 Supercopa de Espana
- 🏆🏆 Copa del Rey
- 🏆🏆 UEFA Super Cup
- 🏆 Champions League
- 🏆 Cup Winners’ Cup
- 🏆 Intercontinental Cup
- 🏆 Taca de Portugal
He won Ballon D’or in 2000 and FIFA World Player Of The Year in 2001.
📆 #OnThisDay in 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣3️⃣
Luis Figo left Fabien Barthez in no man’s land with this lob 😱
— Goal (@goal) April 8, 2020
Happy birthday, Figo!.