Figo set to face Blatter for FIFA presidency

FigoPortugal legend Luis Figo has announced his decision to run for Fifa president at this year’s election as he aims to dethrone the organisation’s current leader Sepp Blatter.

The deadline for candidates to declare their bid is Thursday, with Figo securing the required backing of five Fifa member associations.

“If you search Fifa on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal, not positive words. That’s what we have to change first and try to improve the image of Fifa. Football deserves much better than this.

“I’ve been talking with so many important people in football, players, managers, president of federations, and they all think that something has to be done.

“Last year was the World Cup, I was in Brazil and I saw the reaction of all the fans regarding the image of FIFA and I think something has to be changed.

The ex-Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter attacker then went on to explain that Fifa’s decision not to make Michael Garcia’s infamous report on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups public prompted him to take action


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