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11 of the greatest wingers of all time

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#10 Luis Figo

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 24:  Luis Figo of Real Madrid is tackled by Patrice Evra of Monaco during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Real Madrid and Monaco at The Bernabeu on March 24, 2004 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Figo did not possess pace but made up for it with tricks and flicks

Luis Figo was one of the greatest wingers in the world during his time at Real Madrid and arguably the greatest footballer ever born in Portugal. He was a right winger who, despite his obvious lack of pace, more than made up for it with his remarkable dribbling, pinpoint passing ability and incredible imagination to create assists out of nothing. 

In a rather illustrious career, Figo won four La Liga titles, two Copa Del Reys, four Serie A titles and an Italian cup among others, during his time with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. He was also a part of Portugal’s “Golden Generation Team” which consisted of Paulo Sousa, Rui Costa, and João Pinto, who were known for their beautiful style of play in the midfield.

Figo’s greatest assets were his powerful free-kicks, a knack for scoring vital goals and the skill to beat players at will, but what made him infamous in Spain was his transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid.

The Catalans were spellbound by the Portuguese winger for five years, that saw them lift successive La Liga titles, among other honours. However Real Madrid swooped in and stole their star, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Published 22 Mar 2017, 08:12 IST
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