Luis Figo: Leaving Barcelona for Real Madrid was the right choice

The former Portugal international has revealed it was difficult swapping Camp Nou for the Bernabeu, but he believes the choice paid off in the end
Luis Figo does not regret leaving Barcelona for Clasico rivals Real Madrid as he looks back on his career as a player during his 10-year spell in Spain.

The 38-year-old is currently an ambassador for Inter after his retirement in 2009.

Figo enjoyed a stellar career at club and international level and won a number of titles at Barcelona and Madrid during his time there.

The former Portugal international played for Barcelona between 1995 and 2000 before leaving for Madrid, where he spent another five years prior to joining Inter. However, he does not regret the Madrid move, despite coming under heavy criticism from Barcelona fans at the time.

"There was a lot of pressure on me, but looking back I think I made the right choice as joining Real Madrid allowed me to win many trophies," he told

However, the Camp Nou side had a big influence on Figo and he praised former coach Johan Cruyff.

"When I arrived at Barcelona, Cruyff made me a great player, he made me an international player," the Portuguese explained.

Barcelona play Racing Santander and Real Madrid meet Betis on Saturday in the latest round of La Liga action.