Factbox on Portugal international Luis Figo,
after he completed his move to Inter Milan from Real Madrid on Friday.
1972: Born November 4, Lisbon.
1989: Wins FIFA World Under-16 championship with Portugal.
1990: Makes debut for Sporting Lisbon.
1991: Wins FIFA World Under-20 championship with Portugal. In the same
year makes full international debut against
1992: November, scores first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 victory over
1995: June, signs for Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in a controversial deal
after his agent had also signed with Parma and Juventus.
1995: September, debut for Barcelona in 2-2 draw against Merida.
1996: June, scores one goal at Euro 96 as Portugal reach the
1997: Wins Spanish Cup, Super Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup with
1998: Wins Spanish league and cup double as well as European Super Cup
in another highly successful season with the Catalan club.
1999: Helps Barca retain first division title, scoring seven league
goals in the season. In December, comes fifth in France Football poll
for World Player of the Year, won by his Barcelona team mate Rivaldo.
2000: In his final season at Barcelona plays 32 league games and scores
nine goals, bringing his total at the club to 172 games and 30 goals.
Barcelona finish the season in second place.
2000: Has outstanding Euro 2000 finals, scoring spectacular goal against
England and helping Portugal to the semi-finals.
2000: July, Moves to Real Madrid for then world record $56.1 million
after agreeing deal with club's presidential candidate Florentino Perez.
2000: October, returns to the Camp Nou as a Real Madrid player receiving
a vitriolic reception from Barcelona fans. Real lose the match 2-0.
2000: December, wins European Footballer of the Year award.
Voted World Soccer magazine's player of the year, comes second behind
France's Zinedine Zidane in World Player of the Year award.
2001 - Helps Real Madrid to their first league title in four seasons,
scoring nine goals and making 34 appearances.
2001 - Helps Portugal qualify for World Cup finals in Japan and Korea.
2001 - Named as FIFA's World Player of the Year.
2002 - Wins first European Cup, playing in Real's 2-1 victory over Bayer
Leverkusen at Hampden Park. Suffers first-round exit at World Cup finals.
2002 - November 23, given another hostile reception at the Nou Camp with
the league game against Barcelona held up for 12 minutes after missiles,
including a stuffed pig's head, rain down on the pitch when he tries to
take a corner.
2002-2003 - Has a relatively poor season at Real, but still helps them
to the Spanish championship, weighing in with 10 league goals.
2004 - Recovers his spark, although Real have a miserable season.
Makes record-breaking 110th international appearance for Portugal as he
helps the hosts reach the final of Euro 2004, losing 1-0 to Greece.
Aug 18: Announces that he will take an indefinite break from
Aug 25: Real quash speculation about Figo's future by insisting he
remains an integral part of their plans.
2005 - April 10: After being a fixture in the team throughout the season,
Figo is dropped by Real coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo on the eve of match
against former club Barcelona. He remains on the bench for the rest of
May 13: Announces that he will be returning to international football as
his feelings have changed after being dropped by Real. Is recalled for
World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Estonia.
July 13-30: Takes part in Real Madrid tour of the United States and Asia
despite rumours circulating that he is to join either Inter Milan,
Liverpool or Valencia.
Aug 4: Real announce that Figo will join Serie A side Inter Milan after
under going a medical at the Italian side.
Aug 5: Completes move, signing a two-year deal with Inter.
In total Figo spent five years at Real Madrid playing 165 league games,
and scoring 38 goals.