Figo Praises Real Madrid Captain Raul; Admits He Would Return To Barcelona

The retired Portuguese star has revealed that he would have no problems going back to the Camp Nou, albeit not to work…

Luis Figo, who hung up his boots last month after a four-year spell with Inter, has returned to Spain, where he currently lives with his family.

The 36-year-old has assured Nerazzurri fans, however, that he will maintain his relationship with the club as he also spoke about his two former teams, eternal enemies Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“If I were a Madrid socio [member], I will not go to the stadium’s VIP theatre box but I will always go to the stadium,” he said during an interview with Onda Cero and Radio Marca.

“It would be the same with Barcelona. If my good friend Pep [Guardiola] invited me to go, I will happily be there. There won’t be any problems,” he added, although aware that the Camp Nou faithful have not yet forgiven him for his betrayal to the Catalan cause by joining the capital giants.

The winger then went on to praise another close friend of his, Los Blancos captain Raul.

“He is a phenomenon, one of the best, and I just hope that the club take better care of him next year,” he remarked.

“There will be some who are trying to build the team who will surely want him to retire, but they will not succeed. He is stronger than all of them. If he were in my team, he would always play.”

Speaking of leaving the Bernabeu, Figo explained why he took the decision in 2005 to swap Madrid for Inter.

He said, “I could have continued with Madrid, but the club board did not leave me with any choice. As I felt that I was never given the appropriate contract, I thought it was better to continue my career elsewhere.

“But what really bothered me was that after five years there, I was not able to say goodbye to the people [of Madrid].”

Figo, who had recently criticised his former boss, Florentino Perez, for his “shameful” spending in the transfer market, had a more mellow assessment of the ‘White House’ president this time around.

He said, “Logically, you always want the best players in the world in your team, although that does not always guarantee results.

“But at least Florentino’s philosophy is consistent and he continues to sign big players. I only hope that the results will follow on the pitch.” He add that he believes Cristiano Ronaldo “would do well at Madrid”.

Finally, Figo elaborated on his future and his previous declaration that he could return to the San Siro one day to take on a non-playing role: “The relationship between me and the Moratti family is excellent.

“It was necessary to determine what was best for the club and I believe that I will continue to maintain international relations with Inter, as it is something that I can do from here in Madrid where I will reside with my family.”

KS Leong,