Luis Figo to run for FIFA presidency

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By Euronews
Luis Figo to run for FIFA presidency

FIFA’s presidential race threw up another surprise on Wednesday when Portuguese great Luis Figo put his name into the hat to replace incumbant Sepp Blatter.

His announcement to run for the most powerful job in world football comes one day before the official deadline for nominations.

As with all the other candidates 42-year-old Figo needs to the backing of five associations to be eligible to run.

Figo played for Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter and he won 127 caps for Portugal.

During his career he won the Ballon d’Or and was voted Fifa World Player of the Year.

Figo joins former Tottenham and France international midfielder David Ginola in the list of candidates to challenge 78-year-old Blatter.

Ginola has been financially backed by an online bookmaker to run for the presidency.

Jérôme Champagne, Prince Ali of Jordan and Michael van Praag, the head of the Dutch FA, are also in the running.