Let the Figo Bidding CommenceBy: Daryl | May 21st, 2009
With his Inter contract about to expire, Figo will – in his own words – “no longer play at a high level.” Figo is 36 years old and just finished his Inter career with another scudetto, which is a decent enough way to bow out.
But that doesn’t mean he’s done altogether. There are plenty of – to paraphrase Figo – “low level” leagues out there. And he’s willing to play in any of them, should they pick up the phone and dial his digits.
“I am still waiting for the calls from outside Europe, from U.S. or Japan,” the 36-year-old told the Chinese sports newspaper Titan Sports.
“I am also happy to accept recruitment offers from CSL clubs,” he added.
That quote has created a lot of “Figo to China” headlines, but you don’t have to be a genius to realize he mentioned CSL specifically because he was talking to a Chinese paper.
And does the man not have an agent? Seems like he’s doing his own advertising. Will we be seeing him on Craigslist next?
Either way, he shouldn’t be short of offers. MLS, CSL, J-League, A-League, and any other “developing” (is that the right word?) leagues would all definitely benefit from a player like Figo, who despite his age has appeared in 21 of Inter’s 36 Serie A games so far this season (although his relationship with Mourinho might be the cause of that.)
And Figo’s already demonstrated his willingness to at least negotiate a deal elsewhere, as his nearly but not quite 2007 move to Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia proved:
Let’s hope Figo realizes he’ll have to actually turn up and play this time…