Luis Figo, together with compatriot Rui Costa ans former Real Madrid team mate Ronaldo, took questions from the media in Lisbon today to look forward to Sunday’s Champions League final. During the event, organised by Banco Santander, he spoke about Barça’s elimination and Messi’s situation, among other topics.
Finishing the Champions League: “It’s been an atypical year but it was very important to finish the competition, and that includes the domestic leagues too – for everyone involved in the football industry. What we have seen during the past weeks is that, apart from playing games without the fans, teams cannot make as many mistakes because one error and you’re out of the quarter finals, the semis or the final. It’s made results much harder to predict. It’s also made games open up a little more and can be decided from early on”.
Can you see Messi ‘doing a Figo’ and joining Madrid? “It’ll be impossible for any club to pay up Messi’s release clause this year. There’s not much movement in the transfer market at the moment. I think it’s very difficult or even impossible for any club to be able pay Messi’s contract. For me, I think it’s impossible we’ll see anything similar to what happened with me 20 years ago”.