Former England star midfielder, David Beckham has welcomed Luis Figo’s bid for FIFA presidency claiming that the governing body FIFA should have candidates who are “passionate about the game”.
Former Portugal International, 42 year old Luis Figo announced that he would stand in the upcoming FIFA presidency elections against present FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
David Beckham and Luis Figo played two seasons together at Real Madrid where they formed a midfield trio along with another legend Zinidene Zidane. Beckham said, “I welcome the candidacy of my friend Luis for FIFA president. Any successful organisation needs to have good people who are passionate about the game and want to do the best for fans.”
“FIFA will only benefit from having a wide range of strong candidates present their visions for the game and it’s good to see people volunteer. I wish Luis and the other candidates well.”
Sepp Blatter is seeking to become FIFA President for fifth four year presidential term despite vowing that he will not stand again in 2015.
The former world player of the year, Luis Figo also served as a member in UEFA football committee from 2011 to 2015 and said he will participate in the elections in order to make a change and focus on “better governance, more transparency, increased solidarity and the protection of true football values.”
Luis Figo started his career at Sporting CP and then played at Barcelona before moving to Real Madrid and then to Inter Milan before eventually ended up his career at San Siro in 2009. He also captained Portugal National Team having won 127 international caps. He also won Ballon D’Or in 2000 and FIFA World Player of the year in 2001.