Portugal football legend, Luis Figo has insinuated that because he felt he was not ‘recognised’ for what he did at Camp Nou, he decided to leave Barcelona for Real Madrid 20 year ago.
In July 2000, Figo made a surprising €62 million move to Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid after spending five years there.
Real Madrid met the buy-out clause in Figo’s contract at Barcelona, a new world record fee. Barcelona fans felt betrayed by his transfer and turned against him.
“It was an important but difficult decision,” Figo, 47, admitted on Instagram Live recently.
“I left a city that gave me a lot and where I felt good. But when you don’t feel like you’re recognised for what you’re doing and you have an offer from another club then you think about it.”
Figo won the Ballon d’Or award in November 2000, largely for what he did for Barcelona. The Almada-born athlete is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.