Luis Figo has revealed a lack of recognition from the Barcelona hierarchy prompted his move to Real Madrid in 2000.
Speaking about the transfer in an interview with La Liga’s official website, the former Portugal captain suggested that he had not felt valued by the Barca board, which pushed him to accept a better contract offer from Madrid.
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“There was a lot of pressure,” Figo said. “There was a time when I thought it would not happen. But it was not just the sporting and the financial side, there were other people involved. There are always moments when you have doubts, you think a lot about whether to do something, until you take the step and there is no going back.
“In the final accounts, the same as in any profession, if you do not really feel 100 percent recognised for what you put in and what you do — I am not talking about the fans, but those who manage and control the club — when you have other offers you think about making a change. And that’s what happened.”