Luis Figo Fifa Odds Shorten – the Portuguese star is a popular choice with the bookies after he entered the presidential race to lead football’s governing body writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
On announcing his surprise intention to run for election Figo was initially installed at 17.00 odds but that price is now in to 9.00 as many believe he is a highly credible candidate.
The 42-year-old enjoyed a glittering football career and played for Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. He lines up alongside Prince Ali of Jordan, Dutchman Michael van Praag, and Frenchmen Jerome Champagne and David Ginola as challengers to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA boss.
Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo won several individual awards on the field of play and many expected him to go into football management upon retiring from the game in 2009.
As a player he claimed the 2000 Ballon d’Or, 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and was named in the prestigious FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players in 2004.
The unpopular Blatter has been Fifa boss since 1998 and has announced – much to the chagrin of football fans globally – that he intends to run for a fifth term. Blatter has been heavily criticized for his role in seeing that forthcoming World Cups will be played in Rusia and Qatar.
Said Figo: “Football has given me so much during my life and I want to give something back to the game. I look at the reputation of Fifa right now and I don’t like it. Football deserves better. In recent weeks, months, and even years, I have seen the image of Fifa deteriorate.
“As I speak to many people in football, to players, managers and association presidents, so many of those people have told me that something has to be done.”
Figo is an immensely popular figure in the game and would have the backing of several influential figures in the sport. He is good friends with David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho.
None of those men are involved in the voting process but if they publicly state their support for Figo it might just make all the difference.
All of the potential runners must register their interest in standing before the deadline on Thursday January 29.
All confirmed challengers must pass an anti-corruption test according to Fifa committee member Dominico Scala.
“All candidates are bound by the Fifa Code of Ethics and may be subject to investigations in cases of irregularities. Candidates must avoid conflicts of interest, in particular in the context of campaign funding.
“Furthermore, campaign activities by candidates holding official positions must not be mixed with activities carried out under the current office of the candidates concerned.”
It is believed that Ginola’s bid that has been funded by an Irish bookie may fall foul of Fifa’s ethics code.