Portuguese and Real Madrid Legend Luis Figo has shockingly nominated himself as a bid to become the next FIFA President replacing Sepp Blatter, who intends to run for a fifth term. Blatter has been the President since 1988.
Figo, who played for Sporting Lisbon, Inter Milan and one of the few players to play for both Barcelona and Real Madrid will compete against David Ginola in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the President of world football’s governing body. Apart from Ginola, Figo will face competition from the current President Sepp Blatter, Frenchman Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali of Jordan and the President of Netherlands’ FA (Dutch FA).
“Football has given me so much during my life and I want to give something back to the game. I look at the reputation of FIFA right now and I don’t like it. Football deserves better. In recent weeks, months, and even years, I have seen the image of FIFA deteriorate. As I speak to many people in football – to players, managers and association presidents – so many of those people have told me that something has to be done,” Figo said on his decision.
All the candidates have to register for contesting in the election before the deadline (29 January 2015) and all confirmed challengers must pass an anti-corruption test as said by FIFA electoral committee member Dominico Scala.