Former World footballer of the year and Portugal’s most capped payer, Luis Figo, has announced his intention to stand for the FIFA presidency.
He is the fifth man to declare an interest in opposing Sepp Blatter in the May election – and he claims he has the five nominations required to stay in the race beyond Thursday’s deadline.
Speaking exclusively to CNN Figo said: “I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – I don’t like it.
“If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal, not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.
“I’ve been talking with so many important people in football – players, managers, president of federations – and they all think that something has to be done.
“Last year was the World Cup, I was in Brazil and I saw the reaction of all the fans regarding the image of FIFA and I think something has to be changed. Change in leadership, governance, transparency and solidarity, so I think it’s the moment for that.”
Blatter is standing for a fifth term despite growing opposition to his presidency from Europe, in particular.