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Summary Article: Figo, Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Portuguese footballer, a skilful player who was comfortable playing down either the left- or right-wing. He became the world's most expensive footballer in July 2000 when Real Madrid paid Barcelona US$56.1 million for him. In his first season with the club he helped them win the Spanish League title. One of the biggest stars of the 2000 European Championships, in which he led his country to the semi-finals, he won the European Footballer of the Year Award in 2000 and was FIFA's World Player of the Year in 2001. In February 2004, he became only the second player to reach 100 caps for Portugal. He helped Portugal reach the final of the 2004 European Championships, but they lost in the final to Greece.

Career highlights

International appearances (1991–2006) 127 (32 goals)

European Cup 2002

European Cup Winners' Cup 1997

Spanish League Championship 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003

Italian League Championship 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Portuguese Cup 1995

Spanish Cup 1997, 1998

Italian Cup 2006

European Super Cup 1997, 2002

Spanish Super Cup 1996, 2001, 2003

Italian Super Cup 2005, 2006

Intercontinental Cup 2002

AwardsEuropean Footballer of the Year 2000

FIFA World Player of the Year 2001

Figo started his career with Sporting Lisbon, breaking into the first team aged just 17. He moved to Barcelona in 1995 where he won two League Championships, one Cup Winners' Cup, one European Super Cup, one Spanish Super Cup, and two Copas de Rey. In August 2005, he transferred to Inter Milan in Italy, where he won four consecutive league titles. He also won the World Youth Championship with Portugal in 1991.

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