David Beckham has spoken in support of his former team-mate Luis Figo’s campaign to become the next FIFA president.
Figo announced his intention to stand for election last month against current president Sepp Blatter and the other candidate, Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al Hussein.
Beckham, who is an old teammate of the former Portugal international and World Footballer of the Year, has expressed his joy about Figo’s candidacy saying FIFA needs people that are “passionate about the game”.
Beckham backs Figo campaign
Beckham told the Associated Press: “I welcome the candidacy of my friend Luís for FIFA president. Any successful organisation needs to have good people who are passionate about the game and want to do the best for fans."
Figo, the former Real Madrid star, has previously served on the UEFA Football Committee from 2011 to 2015.
In a statement he released on January 28 when he announced his intention to stand for the presidency, he made a point of outlining the sort of FIFA he wants to run.
He plans on focusing on “better governance, more transparency, increased solidarity and the protection of true football values”. Clearly Beckham heard something he liked, as he hasn’t hesitated in wishing him luck with his campaign.
The former England captain said: “FIFA will only benefit from having a wide range of strong candidates present their visions for the game and it’s good to see people volunteer. I wish Luís and the other candidates well.”
Figo bidding to replace Sepp Blatter
Figo made 577 appearances for Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, real Madrid and Internazionale, as well as being Portugal’s most capped player with 127 caps.
He is the only former footballer to be in the running for FIFA’s top job after David Ginola failed to get the required backing from various countries governing bodies.
The current president, 78-year-old Blatter, is aiming to win his fifth election this year to run world football for another four years, depute insisting he wouldn’t stand in 2015 when he won in 2011.
The presidential election will be held on May 29 at FIFA’s congress in Zurich and it is then that we will find lout who will lead Fifa the next four years.
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