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Luis Figo Biography

In football, some names always ring a bell and Luis Figo is one of them with no doubt. In this article, you will read about Luis Figo Biography as one of the best footballers ever. A player who is impossible to forget.

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, the holder of Prince Henry's Order, is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who has played in different clubs throughout his professional career. His fame and reputation are not limited to his age, and even now the 21-century generation of football lovers, acknowledge him as one of the best midfielders in the history of football. 

let's move forward to have an in-depth look at the personal and professional life of Luis Figo.

All You Need to Know About Luis Figo Biography

Luis Figo was born on 4 November 1972 in Almada, Portugal. He didn't have a rich family, he grew up in the working-class community of Cova da Piedade. Like so many other footballers, Figo started his football in street. He had gone through different ranks and clubs to introduce himself as a prolific soccer player. Stay tuned to know more about

Luis Figo life Story

Luis Figo information

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Luis Figo Biography

, you can find some general information about him listed down here.

Luis Figo Bio

  • Full Name:

    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo

  • Nickname:

    El Paso Doble

  • Profession:

    Professional Football Player

Luis Figo Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    75 Kilograms

  • Height:

    1.80 m

  • Eye Color:

    Dark brown

  • Hair Color:

    Dark brown 

Luis Figo Football Information

  • Position:

    Winger / Attacking midfielder

  • Jersey Number:


  • Professional Debut:


Luis Figo  Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    4 November 1972 

  • Birth Place:

    Almada, Portugal

  • Zodiac Sign:


  • Luis Figo Nationality

    : Portuguese 

  • Luis Figo Religion

    : Christian

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Luis Figo Early Life

In this section of Luis Figo Biography, we will have a glance at his early life. Luis Figo started his football as a street footballer at U.F.C. Os Pastilhas, where he spent a year and after that, he joined the academy of Sporting Clube de Portugal at the age of 12 in 1985. Before playing at the professional level, Figo used to play futsal from which he acquired a lot of experiences that helped him later in his career as a Winger / Attacking midfielder both at the club and national level. 

 Luis Figo Profile

In this division of 

Luis Figo biography

, we will review his professional career from his early days until now, that he is one of the beloved former wingers of all time. As mentioned earlier he had started his football in a local club in Cova da Piedade, Almada. After a year he was moved to the academy of


Clube de Portugal in 1985. Having spent almost four years in the junior level of Sporting, Figo made his senior debut in a  1–0 home win against


on 1 April 1990 during the 1989–90 season, in that match Figo was a substitute for Marlon Brandão. It took almost a year for him to be able to score his debut goal, on 7 December 1991 he scored his first senior goal in a match against


in the 1991–92 season.

Figo spent 6 precious years in Sporting and after that, in 1995 he decided to change his club. He got offers from




and surprisingly he had signed the two contracts. Following his unprofessional behavior, the Italian Football Federation banned him for two years to play in Italy. Then he joined


side with a £2.25 million contract, but due to a rule which banned the Portuguese players from signing contracts with foreign clubs outside a fixed period, he was loaned back for the rest of the season. Before that, the former manager of Sporting, Malcolm Allison, recommended him to

Manchester City

but due to the aforesaid rule, he was not able to sign a £1.2 million contract.

Figo Spent 5 five years in Barcelona, during these years he could prove himself as a valuable player, he was given the chance to play along with Barcelona's brilliant footballer such as Ronaldo, he could make an extraordinary attacking relationship with Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert which brought him successive Primera División titles. As his contract with Barcelona finished, it was announced that he would join Barcelona's ever rival.  In July 2000, he signed his €62 million contract with

Real Madrid

which was considered a world record, which was the beginning of the Galáctico era commenced by Florentino Pérez.

Pérez aimed to sign global stars each and every year. By choosing Real Madrid over Barcelona, the former fans felt betrayed by his transfer and got angry with him. It is safe to say Barcelona lost one of their key players, as he was so influential to the team, according to Barca's players, all they had to do was passing the ball to Luis that he knew what to do. Despite all the controversies he started playing for Real as strong as ever. On 21 October 2000, he experienced his first encounter with his former club with Real Shirt. The match was in Camp Nou, the sound of fans was deafening and all over Barca's side, there were banners with words like "Traitor", "Judas", "Scum", and "Mercenary".

The fans made the stadium like hell for him, as he entered the ground he was shocked by the noises and the banners. He could not even shoot the corner, as he always did,  to avoid being in nearness to the fans who hurt him with insults and missiles flying such as oranges, bottles, cigarette lighters, and mobile phones.  Barcelona won the game, later Pérez stated that it was all the fault of ambiance. After the match, the former defender of Real Madrid stated that"  I’ve never heard anything like it, Luís didn't deserve that. He'd given his all for Barcelona.....That night hurt him"

Figo, notwithstanding all the difficulties, soon adapted himself within the arrangement. In his first season, he scored 14 goals and Real Madrid won the 2001 La Liga title, even he received the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year. In the following season, Zinedine Zidane in the middle of 2001 joined him and the club got more and more powerful. Thanks to Real Madrid golden players, Figo and his friends would win the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League. On 23 November 2002, Luis Figo underwent his second encounter with Braca at Camp Nou. In that match, Barcelona's fans used a pig's head as the defining image of the Barcelona–Real Madrid rivalry.

The situation was almost like the previous match, every time Figo went near the Barcelona side, the beer cans, lighters, bottles, and golf balls flew. However, he decided to take the corners and as well as throw-ins. The situation got critical as in the second half Real Madrid got a corner, it took almost two minutes for Figo to be able to stand in the corner position as the fans madly throw objects at him. The second corner was almost the same, the fans throw missiles at him and Figo in response gave them an ironic thumbs-up and smiled. It was repeated all over again that the referee Luis Medina Cantalejo suspended the game for almost 20 minutes, during that break Barcelona fans threw a severed pig's head at Luis Figo while he was taking a corner. The picture of the pig's head on the pitch is still a famous image of Spanish football. Fortunately, the match ended 0-0.

After five years of excitement and success, he left Real Madrid in 2005, at the end of his last season he won the 2003 La Liga title. Later in April 2013, Marca, a Spanish national daily sports newspaper, named him as a member of the "Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid's history". As his contract with Real Madrid expired in 2005, he moved to Italy to sign his new contract with the Italian side,

Inter Milan

. His two-year ban to join Italian clubs was finished, so he could be transferred to Italy. During his stay in Inter Milan, in the middle of 2008, he was given the chance to play under José Mourinho surveillance who is his fellow countryman.

For four years, Luis Figo played for Inter Milan. On 16 May 2009, He officiated his retirement, and exactly at the same time, his club could win the 2008–09 Serie A title. He made his final match for Inter Milan on 31 May against


at the San Siro, their home ground, in that match unlike before that Javier Zanetti was the captain, Figo captained the team. At that time after, his retirement in an interview with Inter Channel, he would say: "I am leaving football, not Inter, I hope to be able to help this club to become even greater also after my retirement. I will certainly work for Inter in the future on the club board. I never imagined that I was going to remain here for such a long time. What I will never forget is the love that I have received since my first day here from my teammates and president Massimo Moratti. I will never forget it; Inter has given me the chance to start a winning cycle with some extraordinary people."

Even now, everyone would remember his most remarkable moment in Italy which was his free-kick against Roma during the Supercoppa Italiana. Stay tuned to read more about Luis Figo Biography and get to know him better.

Style of Play

During his professional career, Luis Figo played as a winger ( mainly in his early career) or as an attacking midfielder. He was mainly acknowledged as an elegant, highly skillful who was also quick and very good at close control, acceleration. At that time, his ability to dribble allowed him to run towards the defenders and beat them in one on one situation. He was also so intelligent as he often used feints to beat opponents, such as stepovers. Playing as a winger allowed him to provide assist , thanks to his ability to provide curling crosses to teammates from the flank and create goal occasions. 


Although it’s been years that Luis Figo doesn’t play football, still every football lover from all over the world admires him. Even now, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, he is widely known as one of the greatest Portuguese players of all time. During his professional career he had played in four different clubs and his great contributions and influences on each and every one of these clubs are still evident. Even now, he has the record of second-most assists in La Liga history behind Lionel Messi. In the history of football, there are few footballers to have played for both Spanish rival clubs which Figo is one of them. 

Goal Celebration

The legendry Figo, unlike so many footballers, didn't have any particular goal celebration for his own. During his professional career, he could score 136 goals at the club level and 32 goals for the Portugal national team. 

Luis Figo outside football

Luis Figo is among those footballers who are active in advertisements. He used to appear in advertisements for the sportswear company Nike, he was one of the footballers that starred in a Nike commercial titled "Good vs Evil in 1996. alongside Figo, there were also other footballers participating in that commercial, including Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Eric Cantona, Patrick Kluivert, and Jorge Campos, they defend "the beautiful game" against a team of wicked warriors. He also starred in the EA Sports'FIFA video game series which he was later named in the Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 14 and later he was joined as an icon to the Ultimate Team in FIFA 19. Besides EA Sports, Figo also featured in a video game produced by arcade game company Konami, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.

Unlike so many other retired footballers, Figo didn't follow his career as a manager or coach, instead, in 2011 he launched a project called Dream Football which is a Global Digital Platform that promotes Equal Opportunities for Young Talents Worldwide, Figo's moto in this app is “No Talent Shall Be Left Behind!”. As he officiated his app he asked the talented young footballers to film themselves and so participate in the community of club scouts worldwide.  Besides all of his football-related activities, Figo also owns a deluxe bar in the Algarve region of Portugal. Figo also runs his own Business enterprise named Network90 Club which was established in 2013. This club is an online networking platform for football professionals which was later developed for the golf community. Their activities are concerned with sharing job opportunities and providing their members with online learning skills.

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Luis Figo Personel life

Luis Figo Childhood

was spent in the working-class neighborhood of Cova da Piedade. He was born to António Caeiro Figo and Maria Joana Pestana Madeira, who was living in Alentejo before moving to Lisbon. He was the only child of the family and according to his parents, Luis started playing football as he was only a child, that football was his only passion. 

Family, Children, and Relationships

Luis Figo is married to Helen Svedin a Swedish model in 2001 after a relationship of five years. The couple has three daughters, Daniela (born in March 1999), Martina (born in April 2002), and Stella (born 9 December 2004). 


It is safe to say Luis Figo is an active footballer in charity foundations. He works as an ambassador for the Stop TB Partnership in the battle against tuberculosis. He is also a board member of the Inter-Campus which is a non-profit social project founded by Massimo Moratti on February 20, 1996. Their ultimate goal is "to assist children in need with the help of youth football programs developed and sustained within the communities. " This charity is active in 22 countries outside Italy. 

Legal Issues

Throughout his professional lifespan, Luis Figo didn't have any controversial legal issues. But we can mention his not-fair dual agreement with Juventus and Parma in 1995 before joining Barcelona side. At that time, he made an agreement with both clubs which was illegal and as his punishment, he was banned for two years to join any Italian team.  Later as he left Barcelona to join his rival, the same story happened. Then, the Barca president told Marca that Figo told him that he had reached an agreement with Real Madrid while he still had a Barca contract, which was illegal. 

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Luis Figo Career Statistics


Luis Figo biography

, in this part, we would have a rundown of his Career Statistics. 


Luis Figo could make his way through the ranks and clubs. He had started his senior football in Sporting in 1989 after six years until 1995 he could make 158 appearances and scored 23 goals. Later on, he moved to Barcelona and during 1995–2000 he could make 249 appearances and scored 45 goals. In 2000 he joined Barca's opponent and during his five-year spell, he could make 245 appearances and scored 57 goals.  In his final destination, Inter Milan, during his four-year stay, he could make 140 appearances and scored 11 goals. 


Known as the leader of Portugal's "Golden Generation," he made his senior debut for Portugal's national team in a friendly match against Luxembourg on 16 October 1991, at the time Figo was an 18-year-old boy. Before being invited to Portugal's national team in 1991, in the same year he could win the FIFA World Youth Championship. A year later, on 11 November 1992, He could score his first senior goal in a 2–1 friendly victory over Bulgaria in Paris. As time passed he could break into the team's arrangement that he could score three goals in qualifying games for UEFA Euro 1996, Portugal could reach that tournament after 12 years.

As he established himself as a key player in his country's national team he was invited to be a part of Euro 2000, so he played in all ten of Portugal's qualifiers for the next European Championship and could score three goals. After Euro 2000 he played for Portugal for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, during the matches he could score six goals which led his team to be qualified for the world cup. In his 74th cap, at the same time as the world cup, he was chosen as the captain. Two years later in 2004, he made his 100th cap in a 1–1 friendly match against England.

He was about to be retired after the Euro 2004 final defeat by Greece but he changed his mind and returned to the team to participate in the upcoming tournaments including 2006 World Cup qualifying.  Figo finished his international career as Portugal won the UEFA European Championship in 2016 which was Portugal's best result ever. Throughout his national career, he made 127 caps and scored 32 goals. Until June 2016, Luis Figo held the record for most appearances with the Portugal national team, and also he is still Portugal's fourth-highest all-time goalscorer. In all these years he was able to score a hat-trick only once which was on 15 August 2001 as he managed to score all of the goals in a 3–0 friendly match against Moldova at the Estádio de São Luís in Faro.

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Luis Figo Honors

Luis Figo entered the professional level of football in 1989 and til 2009 he had played in different clubs, his prosperous career is highlighted by several trophy wins. With his first club, Sporting CP, he could win the Taça de Portugal in 1994–95. He later joined Barcelona and during his five-year spell, he could win La Liga title in 1997–98, 1998–99, Copa del Rey in 1997, 1998, Supercopa de España in 1996, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1997, and UEFA Super Cup in 1997.

In 2000 he moved to Barca's ever rival, Real Madrid, and until the end of 2005, he could win La Liga in 2000–01, 2002–03, Supercopa de España in 2001, 2003, UEFA Champions League in 2002, UEFA Super Cup in 2002 and Intercontinental Cup in 2002. In his last club, Inter Milan, during his four-year stay, he won Serie A Title in 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, Coppa Italia in 2006, and Supercoppa Italiana in 2006, 2008. 

Being one of the most influential soccer players in his country and the world, Luis Figo won so many individual trophies including UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player in 1994, Portuguese Golden Ball in 1994, Sporting CP Player of the Year in 1994, the Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, ESM Team of the Year in 1997–98, 1999-00, La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2001, UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 2000 and 2004, World Soccer (magazine) Player of the Year in 2000, Ballon d'Or in 2000, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001, FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver Award in 2000, UEFA Team of the Year in 2003, UEFA Champions League top assist provider in 2004–05, FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2006, Inter Milan Player of the Year in 2006, FIFA 100, Golden Foot in 2011 as a football legend, IFFHS Legends.

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