Luis Figo: I want to be FIFA president

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Exclusive: Figo to run for FIFA presidency
05:06 - Source: CNN

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Luis Figo exclusively reveals to CNN he wants to become FIFA president

The 42-year-old declares intention to challenge Sepp Blatter in May elections

Former Real Madrid star says: "Football deserves much better than this."

Handling of the Garcia report convinced Portugal's most capped star to run

CNN  — 

Luis Figo has entered the race to become FIFA president determined to change an organization he describes as all too often associated with “scandal.”

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona star revealed his intention to run against Sepp Blatter in an exclusive interview with CNN Wednesday.

The 42-year-old is renowned the world over after a distinguished 20-year playing career and arguably counts as the most credible threat yet to Blatter’s 17-year stranglehold on soccer’s top job.

Figo was twice voted world player of the year and represented Portugal 127 times, featuring at the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, as well as playing in three European Championships.

“I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – I don’t like it,” he told Alex Thomas in Madrid.

“If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal – not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.