Real President On How He Convinced Ex-Galactico To Join From Barca
Real Madrid President On How He Convinced Ex-Galactico To Join From FC Barcelona
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has described what it was like luring his first "Galactico" to the club.
The Los Blancos president recently spoke about Luis Figo's controversial move to the Santiago Bernabeu from FC Barcelona in 2000, admitting that it was difficult to convince the retired Portugal international to join the club.
Perez hinted that Figo was the start of the Galactico era at Real, before the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo de Lima, and David Beckham came in to create what was a star-studded Real side.
"Nobody had spent 60 million euros in 2000," he said, according to Marca.
"I convinced him (Luis Figo) but it was not easy, he was the captain of Barcelona!
"It was like ripping out hearts of our countrymen.
"I told him that we wanted to build this project around him. Then came Zidane, Ronaldo (de Lima), (David) Beckham, and we created the phenomenon of the Galacticos."
Figo ended up making 245 appearances for Real, winning seven trophies along the way, including the UEFA Champions League.
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