Figo (Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo)

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo is a retired Portuguese footballer (midfielder). His career spanned over two decades  and included 127 caps for the Portuguese national football team, making him the most capped Portuguese player of all times. Figo was named European Footballer of the Year in 2000 and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001. He is also included in the FIFA 100 list.Examples of prestigious trophy wins on Figo’s curriculum vitae are one UEFA Champions League title,  one UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup,  four titles from La Liga, four Serie A titles, three Spanish Super Cups, three Italian Super Cups, two Spanish Cups, one Italian Cup and one Portuguese Cup.

In 1991, Figo helped his team to a victory in the FIFA World Youth Championship. Later that year, 18 year old Figo made his senior debut for the Portuguese national team in a friendly match against Luxembourg. Figo captained the national team during the 2006 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals, Portugal’s best finish since 1966.

Figo is considered a part of Portugal’s “Golden Generation” of football.

Career

Youth career

União de Pastilhas

1984–1989 Sporting CP

Senior career

Years             Team                                  Apps                                   Gls

1989–1995    Sporting CP                        137                                      16

1995–2000    Barcelona                            172                                      30

2000–2005    Real Madrid                       165                                      36

2005–2009    Internazionale                     105                                      9

 

National team

1991–2006 Portugal                                    127                                      32

Figo started his career in Sporting CP where he won both the Under-16 European Championships and the Under-21 World Championships. His first international cap as a senior for Sporting CP arrived in 1991.

In 1995, Figo joined FC Barcelona and this was where his career really took off. With Barcelona, Figo won the 1996/1997 EUFA Cup Winner’s Cup and consecutive Primera División titles. He played 172 games and scored 30 goals.

In 2000, Figo joined FC Barcelona’s arch rivals Real Madrid. With Figo on the team, FC Barcelona won La Liga in 2001 and 2003, and were victorious in the 2001/2002 Champions League.

In 2005, Figo’s contract with FC Barcelona expired and Figo signed up with Internazionale. He stayed with Internazionale until 2009 when he announced his retirement from professional football. That same year, Internazionale won the 2008/2009 Series A title.

Private life

  • Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo was born in Almada, Portugal in 1972.
  • Figo is married to Swedish model Helen Svedin whom he met at a flamenco show in 1996. They have three children, Daniela (born 1999), Martina (born 2002) and Stella (born 2004). As of 2011, they are expecting their fourth child.
  • Figo owns an upscale bar in Algarve.
  • Figo is an ambassador for the Stop TB Partnership. Founded in 2001, the Partnership’s mission is to fight tuberculosis worldwide.
  • Figo is on the board for Inter Campus, an organization run by Internazionale Milano that provides assistance to children in need through youth football programs developed and sustained within the communities.