By Chineze Ogugua
Portuguese legend Luis Figo has been appointed to the role of an advisor by UEFA.
He will work with President Aleksander Ceferin across a variety of technical and legal matters as well as continuing to be an ambassador for the game.
President Ceferin said after announcing Figo’s appointment, “Luis Figo was a fantastic player who was exemplary in the way he conducted himself both on and off the pitch.
“He is a highly respected figure within the game and I am very pleased he is joining our team. His tremendous football experience will be a very valuable asset to UEFA.’
Figo speaking on his new role, said: “I have been lucky to gain a wealth of experience and I believe I can have a positive influence in passing on my knowledge.
“Football is constantly evolving. I am privileged to be involved with UEFA and I would like to thank Aleksander Ceferin for giving me this opportunity.
“I have learned so much from football that I am now really looking forward to giving something back.
“When I started playing football professionally in 1990, I could never have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to join UEFA and work alongside the president of this organisation and some of the best football minds from around the world.’‘
Figo who retired in 2009 won more than 20 trophies during his illustrious career at Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.