‘IF BRAZIL START WELL, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE OTHER TEAMS’ SAYS PORTUGAL STAR LUIS FIGO IN AN EXCLUSIVE WORLD CUP INTERVIEW ON LAUREUS.COM
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador Luis Figo, the Portugal football legend who also played for FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, has given an exclusive interview to Laureus.com, ahead of the 2014 World Cup which begins next month.
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Among Luis Figo’s comments are:
- On Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo: “It’s very difficult, because it’s a long way to the final and our country has 11 million people and has difficulty choosing the 18-20 players for the World Cup. Portugal depends a lot on Cristiano Ronaldo. I think he wants the Golden Ball.”
- On Brazil: “I think it helps at home. I know the national coach [Scolari] well. I think he is a fantastic coach for that kind of tournament and the country [will] help the team by supporting them. I think if they start well, it is going to be very, very difficult for the other teams.”
- On Spain: “I don’t think Spain are going to win this World Cup. I do not think they have the quality to do it. It’s difficult, but it’s not impossible.”
- On the Champions League Final: “I think Real Madrid are going to win. The last time they won it, I was [a player] there, 2002. So this is quite special. I hope that they will win, but you know that in football in the final anything can happen.”
- On Laureus: “I think through sport we can help people in society to have better opportunities in life. Laureus creates better conditions of life and better opportunities in the future for so many kids. It’s just a small kind of action that we can do to minimise what they are suffering or what they are doing in their life and to try to motivate them.”
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