Luís Figo

Luís Figo

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Figo in 2010

Personal information

Full name

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo

Date of birth

4 November 1972 (age 46)

Place of birth

Almada, Portugal

Height

1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)

Playing position

Winger / Attacking midfielder

Youth career

1984–1985

Os Pastilhas

1985–1989

Sporting CP

Senior career*

Years

Team

Apps

(Gls)

1989–1995

Sporting CP

137

(16)

1995–2000

Barcelona

172

(30)

2000–2005

Real Madrid

164

(38)

2005–2009

Inter Milan

105

(9)

Total

 

577

(93)

National team

1988–1989

Portugal U16

15

(8)

1989

Portugal U17

6

(2)

1988–1990

Portugal U18

21

(8)

1990–1991

Portugal U20

12

(0)

1991–1994

Portugal U21

7

(0)

1991–2006

Portugal

127

(32)

Honours[show]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ ˈfiɣu]; born 4 November 1972) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portugal national team, a record at the time but later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Renowned for his creativity and ability to get past defenders as a winger, Figo is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation. His 106 assists are the second-most in La Liga history, behind Lionel Messi. He won the 2000 Ballon d’Or, 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004 Pelé named him in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Figo is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. His controversial transfer in 2000 from Barcelona to bitter rivals Real Madrid set a world record fee of €62 million.

Figo had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, including the Portuguese Cup, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups. On the international level, he scored 32 goals for Portugal, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups, helping them reach the final but finish as runners-up at Euro 2004.

Contents

  • 1Early years
  • 2Club career
    • 2.1Sporting CP
    • 2.2Barcelona
    • 2.3Real Madrid
    • 2.4Inter Milan
  • 3International career
    • 3.1Early international career
    • 3.2Euro 2000 and 2002 World Cup
    • 3.3Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup
  • 4Style of play
  • 5Media
  • 6FIFA presidency campaign
  • 7World Soccer Stars 2019
  • 8Personal life
  • 9Career statistics
    • 9.1Club
    • 9.2International
    • 9.3International goals
  • 10Honours
    • 10.1Club
    • 10.2International
    • 10.3Individual
    • 10.4Orders
  • 11See also
  • 12Notes and references
  • 13External links

Early years

The only child of António Caeiro Figo and Maria Joana Pestana Madeira who moved from Alentejo to Lisbon in the early 1970s, Figo grew up in the working-class district of Cova da Piedade, Almada. He began his career as a street footballer at U.F.C. Os Pastilhas, before joining the academy of Sporting Clube de Portugal at the age of 12.

Club career

Sporting CP

Figo started his career at Sporting CP, making his league debut on 1 April 1990 during the 1989–90 season as a substitute for Marlon Brandão in a 1–0 home win against Marítimo. On 7 December 1991, Figo scored his first goal against Torreense in the 1991–92 season, equalising as Sporting won 2–1. He won his first senior international cap in 1991. Prior to that, he won the 1991 FIFA Under-20 World Championships and Under-16 European Championships with Portugal junior sides alongside Rui Costa and João Pinto. He was also a significant part of Portugal’s “Golden Generation.” In his final season at Sporting he won the 1994–95 Portuguese Cup.

Barcelona

In 1995, Figo looked poised to join one of the big clubs of Europe, but a dispute between Italian clubs Juventus and Parma, with Figo having signed contracts with both clubs, resulted in an Italian two-year transfer ban on him. Eventually, Figo made a move to Spanish giants Barcelona for a £2.25 million fee, being loaned back for the remainder of the season due to a rule prohibiting Portuguese players from signing for foreign clubs outside a fixed period. This rule had prevented Figo from joining English club Manchester City, where he had been recommended by his former Sporting manager Malcolm Allison for a fee of around £1.2 million.

It was with Barcelona that Figo’s career really took off, winning the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, starring alongside Ronaldo, followed by successive Primera División titles where he was part of a formidable attack which included Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert. In total, Figo appeared 172 times in the league for Barcelona, scoring 30 goals. He was revered in Barcelona because his presence in a Barcelona shirt had given to Catalonia a sense of external approval.

Real Madrid

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Figo’s 2000 Ballon d’Or. He received the award for his displays throughout the year for Barcelona and then Madrid.

In July 2000, Figo made a surprising and controversial €62 million move to Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid. Real Madrid met the buy out clause in Figo’s contract at Barcelona, a new world record fee, and his arrival at Madrid signalled the beginning of Florentino Pérez’s Galáctico era of global stars signed by the club every year. Figo became the new focus of the Barcelona–Real Madrid rivalry, with Barcelona fans feeling betrayed by his transfer and turned against him. His move to Madrid was significant due to his status as a star player at Barcelona, reliable and committed to the cause as a team leader. One of his Barcelona teammates stated, “Our plan was simple: give the ball to Luís. He never, ever hid.” Although now wearing the white shirt of Real Madrid, he won the Ballon d’Or award in November 2000, largely for what he did for Barcelona where he became the best in the world.

By the second or third corner I turned to Luís Figo and said: ‘Forget it, mate. You’re on your own’. I used to offer Luís the chance to take the short corner, drawing up close to him near the touchline, but not this time. Missiles were raining down from the stands: coins, a knife, a glass whisky bottle. Johnnie Walker, I think. Or J&B. Best to keep away. Short corners? No thanks.

—Real Madrid teammate Michel Salgado on the vitriol aimed at Figo from Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou, 23 November 2002.

When Figo returned to Barcelona for the first time in a Real Madrid shirt on 21 October 2000, the noise at Camp Nou was deafening. There were banners hung around the stadium with words like “Traitor”, “Judas”, “Scum”, and “Mercenary”. Figo was mercilessly taunted throughout, and when he came out of the tunnel and ran onto the field the jeers of almost 98,000 Barcelona fans escalated, with a visibly shocked Figo putting his fingers to his ears. When El Clásico started, each time Figo got the ball the noise rose with insults and missiles flying such as oranges, bottles, cigarette lighters and mobile phones. The regular corner taker for Madrid, Figo did not take any corners at the Camp Nou to avoid being in close proximity to the fans. Barcelona were victorious, winning 2–0, and Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez stated after the match, “The atmosphere got to us all.” Madrid defender Iván Campo commented,

“That night when Figo first went back was incredible. I’ve never heard anything like it. Luís didn’t deserve that. He’d given his all for Barcelona. It was built up before: ‘a traitor’s coming,’ the media said. No, Luís Figo is coming, one of the greats for you. That night hurt him, you could see. His head was bowed and he was thinking: ‘bloody hell, I was here last season …’ But my lasting emotion was admiration: you’ve got balls.”

In his first season with Madrid, Figo won the 2001 La Liga title, scoring 14 goals in all competitions. For his performances at Real he received the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year. He would be joined at the club by Zinedine Zidane in the middle of 2001, and in the following season Madrid won the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League. He missed two fixtures against Barcelona through injury and suspension.

Figo’s second game back at the Camp Nou, on 23 November 2002, produced one of the defining images of the Barcelona–Real Madrid rivalry. There was no sign of the hatred or the hurt subsiding, and every time he came within range of the Barcelona fans, beer cans, lighters, bottles and golf balls flew. Figo commented, “I was worried that some madman might lose his head.” This time, Figo had decided that he would take corners, as well as throw-ins, and midway through the second half Madrid won a corner. Amid a shower of flying objects, it took Figo two minutes to take it. Another corner followed on the other side, and as Figo walked across, he slowed to pick up the missiles and as he prepared to take the corner he moved away some of the debris, while giving an ironic thumbs-up and smiling. Every time he began his run-up to take the corner, another missile would land which was repeated over and over, until the referee Luis Medina Cantalejo suspended the game for almost 20 minutes. During the break in play, the defining image of the rivalry, a pig’s head, was picked up on camera, which was in among the debris near the corner flag.

Figo would spend five seasons at Madrid, with his final success being the 2003 La Liga title. In April 2013, Figo was named by the sports newspaper Marca as a member of the “Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid’s history.”

Inter Milan

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Luís Figo in 2009. He spent four seasons at Inter from 2005 to 2009.

Figo left Real Madrid to join Italian club Inter Milan in the middle of 2005 on a free transfer after his contract with Madrid had expired. This meant that Figo would finally be able to play for a club in Italy, something he had the chance to do before his move to Barcelona, but was scuppered due to a dispute between the two clubs interested, Juventus and Parma. During the middle of 2008, Figo’s compatriot José Mourinho joined Inter on a managerial level. This has been said to please Figo, as he would have several Portuguese teammates during the remainder of his stay at Inter. On 16 May 2009, Figo announced his retirement from football, the same day Inter won the 2008–09 title, and re-confirmed this on 30 May; his final game was on 31 May against Atalanta at the San Siro. At Javier Zanetti’s insistence, Figo captained the side for his very last match. He received a standing ovation from the crowd as he was substituted by Davide Santon. The free-kick he scored in extra time against Roma during the Supercoppa Italiana was his most memorable moment in Italy.

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Figo’s number 7 Inter jersey next to Ronaldo (number 10) and Zamorano (one plus eight) in the San Siro museum

Figo said, “I am leaving football, not Inter.” He was interviewed by Inter Channel after his last game against Atalanta and also said, “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 in 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 have given me the chance to start a winning cycle with some extraordinary people.” Figo was on the sidelines when Inter won the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League on 22 May 2010.

International career

Early international career

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Figo as captain of Portugal in 2005

The leader of Portugal’s “Golden Generation,” Figo won a FIFA World Youth Championship in 1991, the same year he made his senior debut against Luxembourg on 16 October 1991, in a friendly match that ended 1–1 when he was only 18 years old. His first goal equalised in a 2–1 friendly victory over Bulgaria in Paris on 11 November 1992. Figo scored three goals in eight qualifying games for UEFA Euro 1996, as his country reached the continental tournament for the first time in 12 years. In the final group game at the tournament, against Croatia at the City Ground in Nottingham, Figo opened a 3–0 victory with a fourth-minute strike; the result sent Portugal into the quarter-finals as group winners ahead of their opponents.

Euro 2000 and 2002 World Cup

Figo featured in all ten of Portugal’s qualifiers for the next European Championship, scoring three times in the process. On 12 June 2000, in their opening game of the tournament in Eindhoven, he scored Portugal’s first goal as they came from behind to beat England 3–2, again advancing as group winners to be eliminated in the semi-finals. He was rested by Humberto Coelho for the final group match against Germany in Rotterdam, breaking a chain of 32 consecutive international appearances. His only hat-trick for the national team came on 15 August 2001, when he netted all of the goals in a 3–0 friendly victory over Moldova at the Estádio de São Luís in Faro.

With six goals in nine matches, Figo helped Portugal qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup; on 2 June 2001, in the qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road, he served as captain for the first time on his 74th cap and scored the equaliser for a 1–1 draw. In their first World Cup since 1986, Portugal suffered group stage elimination while Figo failed to score a goal.

Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup

On 18 February 2004, Figo earned his 100th cap in a 1–1 friendly draw with England at the Estádio Algarve, playing as captain despite regular skipper Fernando Couto being in the starting line-up. Later that year at the European Championship on home soil, he captained the side after Couto was dropped. He announced his retirement from international football following the Euro 2004 final upset-defeat by Greece due to an alleged rift between him and national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, although this was denied. In June 2005, he reversed his decision and returned for the 2006 World Cup qualifying wins against Slovakia and Estonia under Scolari.

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Figo playing against Mexico at the 2006 World Cup

Figo captained the squad during the 2006 World Cup, leading the team to the semi-finals. With three wins, Portugal finished top of their group and qualified for the knock-out rounds with Mexico. They advanced past the Netherlands in the last 16, and defeated England on penalties in the quarter-final. Figo did not take part in the shootout, having been substituted for Hélder Postiga. In the semi-final, Portugal were beaten by France courtesy of a penalty from his former club-mate and French captain Zinedine Zidane. This was Portugal’s best finish in 40 years. The third place playoff caused some controversy as Figo did not start; Pauleta captained the team in his place. However, Portugal fell behind 2–0 to hosts Germany and Figo replaced Pauleta in the 77th minute, who handed him back the captain’s armband to cheers from both Portuguese and German fans. Although Germany scored another goal shortly after Figo’s entrance, he ended his final cap for his country on a high note by setting up Nuno Gomes to head in an 88th-minute consolation goal, thus passing his number 7 jersey down to his successor, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite having no trophies to show for the “Golden Generation,” Figo managed to captain the team to their best World Cup performance since the Eusébio era in 1966, as well as helping Portugal to their best-ever result in the UEFA European Championship until they won it in 2016. He finished his international career with 127 caps and scoring 32 goals, and held the record until June 2016 for most appearances with the Portugal national team; he is also Portugal’s fourth-highest all time goalscorer.

Style of play

Figo is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, and one of the greatest Portuguese players of all time. At his physical peak, Figo was a quick, elegant, highly skilful player with a dribbling ability that allowed him to frequently take on and beat defenders in one on one situations. He would often employ feints to beat opponents, such as stepovers. Figo was usually deployed as a winger in his early career, where he was capable of providing several assists, due to his ability to provide curling crosses to teammates from the flank, or cut inside, link-up with midfielders, and create goalscoring opportunities. He has made the second most assists in La Liga history behind Lionel Messi.

As he lost pace and mobility with age as his career advanced, he was deployed in a playmaking role as an attacking midfielder, in particular during his time with Inter, where he excelled with his vision and varied passing ability. Although he primarily served as a creative player, he was also capable of contributing offensively with goals due to his powerful striking ability from distance, as well as his accuracy from free-kicks and penalties. In addition to his football ability, Figo was also highly regarded for his leadership throughout his career.

Media

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Figo on stage at the Web Summit in November 2016

Figo has appeared in commercials for the sportswear company Nike. In 1996, he starred in a Nike commercial titled “Good vs Evil” in a gladiatorial game set in a Roman amphitheatre. Appearing alongside football players from around the world, including Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Eric Cantona, Patrick Kluivert and Jorge Campos, they defend “the beautiful game” against a team of demonic warriors, before it culminates with Cantona striking the ball and destroying evil.

In a global Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, Figo starred in a “Secret Tournament” commercial (branded by Nike as “Scorpion KO”) directed by Terry Gilliam, appearing alongside football players such as Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti, Roberto Carlos and Japanese star Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament “referee.”

Figo features in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series; he was named in the Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 14. In 2015, the arcade game company Konami announced that Figo would feature in their football video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 as one of the new myClub Legends. In 2018, Figo was added as an icon to the Ultimate Team in FIFA 19.

He has also taken part in several Iranian television shows such as Navad TV during the 2018 World Cup draw, together with Hamid Estili and former Hamburg player Mehdi Mahdavikia.

FIFA presidency campaign

On 28 January 2015, Figo announced his intention to run against incumbent Sepp Blatter for the position of FIFA president. His endorsers included José Mourinho and David Beckham. In his manifesto, Figo mentioned his support for expanding the World Cup to 48-team finals tournaments, and promised greater investment in grassroots football and national federations. Considered an outsider compared to Blatter and the other two candidates – Michael van Praag and Prince Ali of Jordan – Figo withdrew from the election campaign on 21 May, stating that he did not want to be given “absolute power.”

World Soccer Stars 2019

Luis Figo was invited to Pakistan to the World Soccer Stars 2019. Figo and Kaká accepted to come to Pakistan in a video message. They arrived at Karachi and attended the ceremony hosted by Bilal Ashraf. They took photos from Football fans from Pakistan. They were also to meet Imran Khan but they decided not to do so.

Personal life

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Luís Figo in Madrid

Figo is married to Swedish model Helen Svedin. They have three daughters – Daniela (born in March 1999), Martina (born in April 2002), and Stella (born 9 December 2004). They have a house in the countryside outside Sollefteå, Sweden.

Along with his countryman, former Portugal national team manager and former youth team coach Carlos Queiroz, Figo was briefly joint seat holder for A1 Team Portugal, in A1 Grand Prix, during the 2005–06 season. He now owns an upscale bar in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Figo is an ambassador for the Stop TB Partnership in the fight against tuberculosis. He works closely with Inter Milan, serving as an ambassador for the club at functions across Europe. He is also a board member of the Inter Campus charity project run by Inter Milan.

Figo is the founder of Network90, a private members’ networking site for the Professional Football Industry. Figo is fluent in five languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian and French.

Career statistics

Club

Club

League

Season

League

Cup

Europe

Total

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Sporting CP

Primeira Liga

1989–90

3

0

3

0

1990–91

3

0

3

0

1991–92

34

1

7

0

2

0

43

1

1992–93

32

0

8

1

2

0

42

1

1993–94

31

8

1

0

3

0

35

8

1994–95

34

7

7

3

2

0

43

10

Total

137

16

23

4

9

0

169

20

Barcelona

La Liga

1995–96

35

5

8

1

10

3

53

9

1996–97

36

4

9

2

8

1

53

7

1997–98

35

5

4

0

7

1

46

6

1998–99

34

7

10

1

6

1

50

9

1999–2000

32

9

2

0

13

5

47

14

Total

172

30

33

4

44

11

249

45

Real Madrid

2000–01

34

9

1

0

14

5

49

14

2001–02

28

7

6

1

10

3

44

11

2002–03

33

10

1

0

15

2

48

12

2003–04

36

9

8

3

11

1

55

13

2004–05

33

3

0

0

10

4

43

7

Total

164

38

16

4

60

15

239

57

Inter Milan

Serie A

2005–06

34

5

2

0

8

1

45

6

2006–07

32

2

7

1

7

0

47

3

2007–08

17

1

2

0

3

0

21

1

2008–09

22

1

3

0

25

1

Total

105

9

11

1

21

1

138

11

Total

Portugal

137

16

23

4

9

0

169

20

Spain

336

68

49

8

104

26

488

102

Italy

105

9

11

1

21

1

138

11

Career total

577

93

83

13

134

27

795

133

International

Portugal national team

Year

Apps

Goals

1991

3

0

1992

7

1

1993

5

0

1994

5

2

1995

6

1

1996

9

2

1997

7

2

1998

6

0

1999

9

4

2000

13

6

2001

9

9

2002

10

0

2003

10

3

2004

11

1

2005

7

0

2006

10

1

Total

127

32

International goals

Scores and results list Portugal’s goal tally first.

No

Date

Venue

Opponent

Score

Result

Competition

1

11 November 1992

Stade de Paris, Paris, France

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1–1

2–1

Friendly

2

9 October 1994

Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia

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3–0

3–1

UEFA Euro 1996 qualification

3

13 November 1994

Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

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1–0

1–0

UEFA Euro 1996 qualification

4

3 June 1995

Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal

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1–0

3–2

UEFA Euro 1996 qualification

5

19 June 1996

City Ground, Nottingham, England

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1–0

3–0

UEFA Euro 1996

6

9 October 1996

Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania

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1–0

3–0

1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

7

7 June 1997

Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal

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2–0

2–0

1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

8

20 August 1997

Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal

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2–0

3–1

1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

9

31 March 1999

Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

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2–0

5–0

UEFA Euro 2000 qualification

10

18 August 1999

Estádio Nacional, Lisbon Portugal

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3–0

4–0

Friendly

11

4 September 1999

Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan

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1–1

1–1

UEFA Euro 2000 qualification

12

8 September 1999

Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/73/Flag_of_Romania.svg/23px-Flag_of_Romania.svg.png  Romania

1–1

1–1

UEFA Euro 2000 qualification

13

29 March 2000

Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Flag_of_Denmark.svg/20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png  Denmark

2–1

2–1

Friendly

14

2 June 2000

Estádio Municipal de Chaves, Chaves, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a9/Flag_of_Wales_%281959%E2%80%93present%29.svg/23px-Flag_of_Wales_%281959%E2%80%93present%29.svg.png  Wales

1–0

3–0

Friendly

15

12 June 2000

Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/be/Flag_of_England.svg/23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png  England

1–2

3–2

UEFA Euro 2000

16

16 August 2000

Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/11/Flag_of_Lithuania.svg/23px-Flag_of_Lithuania.svg.png  Lithuania

1–0

5–1

Friendly

17

3 September 2000

Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Flag_of_Estonia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png  Estonia

2–0

3–1

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

18

15 November 2000

Estádio 1º de Maio, Braga, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d4/Flag_of_Israel.svg/21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png  Israel

1–0

2–1

Friendly

19

28 February 2001

Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/Flag_of_Andorra.svg/22px-Flag_of_Andorra.svg.png  Andorra

2–0

3–0

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

20

3–0

21

28 March 2001

Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/20/Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png  Netherlands

2–2

2–2

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

22

2 June 2001

Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Flag_of_Ireland.svg/23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png  Republic of Ireland

1–1

1–1

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

23

15 August 2001

Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/27/Flag_of_Moldova.svg/23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png  Moldova

1–0

3–0

Friendly

24

2–0

25

3–0

26

6 October 2001

Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Flag_of_Estonia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png  Estonia

5–0

5–0

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

27

14 November 2001

Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9d/Flag_of_Angola.svg/23px-Flag_of_Angola.svg.png  Angola

1–1

5–1

Friendly

28

2 April 2003

Stade olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/79/Flag_of_North_Macedonia.svg/23px-Flag_of_North_Macedonia.svg.png  North Macedonia

1–0

1–0

Friendly

29

11 October 2003

Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Flag_of_Albania.svg/21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png  Albania

1–0

5–3

Friendly

30

19 November 2003

Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Flag_of_Kuwait.svg/23px-Flag_of_Kuwait.svg.png  Kuwait

3–0

8–0

Friendly

31

29 May 2004

Estádio Municipal de Águeda, Águeda, Portugal

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/da/Flag_of_Luxembourg.svg/23px-Flag_of_Luxembourg.svg.png  Luxembourg

1–0

3–0

Friendly

32

3 June 2006

Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz, France

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/da/Flag_of_Luxembourg.svg/23px-Flag_of_Luxembourg.svg.png  Luxembourg

3–0

3–0

Friendly

Honours

Club

Sporting CP

  • Taça de Portugal: 1994–95

Barcelona

  • La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Copa del Rey: 1997, 1998
  • Supercopa de España: 1996
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1997
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1997

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03
  • Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2002

Inter Milan

  • Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Coppa Italia: 2006
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2006, 2008

International

Portugal

  • UEFA Euro 2004 Runner-up
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: 1991
  • UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship: 1989

Individual

  • UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1994
  • Portuguese Golden Ball: 1994
  • Sporting CP Player of the Year: 1994
  • Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1997–98, 1999-00
  • La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2001
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000, 2004
  • World Soccer (magazine) Player of the Year: 2000
  • Ballon d’Or: 2000
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2001
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver Award: 2000
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2003
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2004–05
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
  • Inter Milan Player of the Year: 2006
  • FIFA 100
  • Golden Foot: 2011, as football legend
  • IFFHS Legends

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