Luis Figo, the first 'Galactic’ Florentino was

Luis Figo, the first 'Galactic’ Florentino was
Luis Figo in his presentation as new player of Real Madrid with Florentino Perez and Alfredo Di Stéfano (Photo:

Last update July 24, 2020 by Javier Argudo

It was, definitely, the summer blockbuster year 2000. The signing of Luis Figo to Real Madrid It was something no one could imagine but it happened.

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, paid the 10.000 millions of pesetas of the rescission clause and he took control of the Portuguese pulverizing all the records in terms of transfers at that time.


But the story has a lot crumb and should contextualize. By then, Lorenzo Sanz He was the president of the white club but, after having won two Champions League, decides early elections one year confident that will achieve another victory and may be the most merengue president at Centennial to be held in 2002. Nothing is further from reality.

Florentino Perez, I had already come close to achieving the presidency when it was introduced a few years earlier to compete with Ramon Mendoza, He had tied the signing of Luis Figo.

This was stated José Ramón de la Morena in the program 'The spar’ Cadena SER and no longer talked about something else. Florentino Perez He ended up winning the elections and promised that Figo would dress in white or, failing, pay a subscription to all madridistas partners. I was bound and tied.

Figo He reached the target set by 10.000 million pesetas and became a traitor for Barça fans never forgave him. It is said that the Portuguese signed the agreement with Florentino with the intention of forcing the Barça to achieve improved contract thinking that Perez would not meet the merengue presidency. also he speculated that if the Portuguese broke the agreement should pay a lot of money (hence 'Flo’ Free promised payment if that fails the Portuguese crack).

Real Madrid 'Los Galacticos’

In any case, Luis Figo He signed by all white to reason 1.000 million per season and was the first of the galaxies to which would be added later Zidane, Ronaldo O David Beckham among others. As merengue player got great successes both individually (a Golden Ball and Fifa World Player) and collectively (two league titles, two Super Cups in Spain, una Champions League, a European Super Cup and a Intercontinental Cup).

Galactic Real Madrid
Florentino Pérez with David Beckham, Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo (the Galerna)

Thus this group of players became history Real Madrid but always be remembered arrival Luis Figo as the start of a radical change in the structure of the whole Madrid. The first galactic era Florentine.


Javier Argudo

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