Tournament in Spain and Portugal has worldwide attractionPortuguese ambassador for the Iberian World Cup 2018 bid, Luis Figo, has said that he believes that the tournament being hosted in the region would hold a global appeal.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid winger was speaking in an interview with Fifa.com, during which he added that it has been an honour for him to be involved in the logistics of Spain and Portugal’s joint bid to host the event in eight years time.
Rival proposals come from England, Russia and another dual bid from the Netherlands and Belgium, with the final decision being taken on Thursday afternoon, and Figo feels that his nation’s bid has the characteristics to succeed.
He stated: “Being able to organise a World Cup is a privilege and honour for anyone, we offer a model organisation, one that would appear to everyone, especially with the passion for soccer that lives in both countries.
“We have good infrastructure, and one thing is for sure, it would be an amazing party, especially for Portugal, for the simple reason that it would be the first time they would host the World Cup.”
Figo also gave his opinion on the potential winner of the Ballon d’Or crown, saying: “The World Cup weighs heavily in this type of decision. Xavi, Andres Iniesta or David Villa could win it.”