Former Real Madrid and Barcelona legend Luis Figo is the latest shocking candidate to run for FIFA presidency. Mirror report.
The Portuguese legend has revealed his intentions to run just a day before the deadline closes and also disclosed that he is determined to change an organisation that he says is too often associated with “scandal”.
As a result, he is hoping to stand against Sepp Blatter for the role in the upcoming elections and it is thought he has secured the required backing of five FIFA member associations.
The 42-year-old would become the most recognisable football face to challenge Blatter, after his distinguished 20-year playing career, and represents a serious blow to the Swiss’ 17-year hold on the game’s top job.
The two-time world player of the year reveled that he cared about the game and wanted to change the worldwide perception of FIFA, which he believes is marred in controversy at the moment.
Speaking to CNN, he said: “I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – I don’t like it.
“If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal – not positive words. It’s that 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.
“Change in leadership, governance, transparency and solidarity, so I think it’s the moment for that.”