Lisbon - Once a candidate for the FIFA presidency himself,
Portugal's Luis Figo wants to see UEFA's Gianni Infantino elected as leader of
the troubled governing body of world football.
Figo, one of Portugal's finest ever footballers, pulled out
of the last race in May this year and has now backed Infantino for the February
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"His experience, competence, capacity for work and his
honesty make him the best candidate for the presidency," said Figo, a
former star of both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
"Gianni represents a new generation of leaders who put
football first," said Figo of the current UEFA number two.
"He has a new style, a new approach to a procedure in
need of transparency and an ideas debate instead of political manoeuvering and
personal attacks," added Figo.
No mention was made of Infantino's boss at UEFA Michel
Platini, himself on the seven man shortlist of candidates for the FIFA
The other candidates are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Musa
Bility, Jerome Champagne, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Tokyo
Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter are
currently suspended from all football-related activities while a suspect $2
million payment Platini received from Blatter on behalf of FIFA in 2011 is
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