Barcelona prevent Luis Figo from representing their Legends XI

Former club captain has never been forgiven for decision to join Real Madrid

Luis Figo has been prevented from playing for the Barcelona legend’s team. Photo: Firo Foto/Getty Images

Luis Figo has been prevented from playing for the Barcelona legend’s team. Photo: Firo Foto/Getty Images

 

Luis Figo’s decision to quit the Nou Camp for the Bernabéu fifteen years ago has not been forgotten, and certainly not forgiven by Barcelona.

The Catalan club have made a special request to Uefa to prevent the Portuguese player from representing their “legends” in the Juventus/Barcelona Legends team who play against a World All-Stars XI in the Ultimate Champions Match on Friday in Berlin.

Figo left Barcelona in 2000 after five seasons and two La Liga titles, to join Real Madrid for a then World record fee.

He would go on to win two more La Liga titles and a Champions League in 2002, but upon his return trips to the Catalan capital he was targetted by furious fans who branded him a traitor. Among the barrage of missiles and beer bottles thrown on to the pitch upon his infamous return in 2002 a pig’s head also found its way onto the pitch.

The club notified their fans of the decison on social media;

“As Uefa informs us, by request of our Club, Luis Figo will not represent Barça in the Legends match in Berlin.”

The Juventus/Barcelona squad for Friday night’s encounter is: Edwin van der Sar, Ciro Ferrara, Ludovic Giuly, Alessandro Del Piero, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Edmilson, Fabio Cannavaro, David Trezeguet, Mark van Bommel, Gianluca Zambrotta, Deco, Eric Abidal and Christian Vieri.

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