Retired Portuguese soccer superstar Luís Figo has been named as an advisor for Uefa, European soccer’s governing body.
The former Real Madrid forward joins retired German midfielder Nadine Kessler and retired Serbian playmaker Dejan Stankovic – who were appointed advisors earlier this year – to work with Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin on technical aspects of the game, laws, and the overall attractiveness of the sport.
Figo, 44, who was briefly a candidate for president of world soccer body Fifa in 2015, will also be the leading figure of the Uefa ambassadors programme.
“I have been lucky to gain a wealth of experience and I believe I can have a positive influence in passing on my knowledge,” said Figo. “Football is constantly evolving. I am privileged to be involved with Uefa and I would like to thank Aleksander Ceferin for giving me this opportunity.
“When I started playing football professionally in 1990, I could never have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to join Uefa and work alongside the president of this organisation and some of the best football minds from around the world.”
Ceferin, added: “I am very pleased he is joining our team. His tremendous football experience will be a very valuable asset to Uefa.”
Luis Figo enjoyed a highly decorated club career at top flight Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Portuguese winger – winner of the 2000 Ballon d'Or and the 2001 Fifa World Player of the Year – collected 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.