The words of a Champion!
The world of football has changed so much since my retirement, It looks so much different now. there are teams like Manchester City, PSG and recently Monaco who can buy everyone they want, they will spend hundreads of millions for a player if they really want that player. When I played football there wasan't so much money, only teams like Real Madrid or other teams with a lot of performances could spend millions on players. Even I was bought in 2000 for 60 mln euros, but I fell that then we played football with passion, with our hearts, we enjoyed being on the field...anyway I miss being there on the pitch, I miss the smell of grass, this is what made me say I want to go back! so I ended getting the FIFA pro license for managers.
1st of July 2012
After 3 years after my retirement I recived a phone call from someone, at that poit I didn't know who was. I answered and find out that it was Bruno de Carvalho, the president of Sporting CP, the team I love the most, the club where I started playing football. He invited me at dinner because he has something to propose me.
I was happy, maybe now I will get a chance to do something for the club that made me who I am. I went to a sore, bought a new black suit,a new white shirt, I was practically acting like a young man who wants to impress at an interview.
The meeting went well, I sincerly didn't know that they make so great food at that restaurant, he told me that he had enough of this things, no performances year after year, not even qualifying to Europa League so he got angry and fired Leonardo Jardim (the manager) and all his staff. He wants to end the dominance of Porto and Benfica, he wants a new team and the only guy he could think at achieving his dreams was me.So next day we met at his office and signed the contract.
Who am I?
I am Luís Figo, the former Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year, I am the new manager of Sporting CP and I will end the dominance of Porto and Benfica in Portugal!