Luis Figo made the impossible jump in 2000.
Back in the era of the Zidanes, Henrys, Ronaldos, Rauls and Beckhams, Figo won the Ballon d’Or in 2000 FIFA Best Player award in early 2001.
However, that is not what he is remembered for from back then. Back in 2000, Figo was an integral player in Barcelona and had recently committed to them.
However, a few months later he made the infamous jump by leaving Catalonia and joining their arch rivals Real Madrid and in a record move.
Figo, on Instagram live, has now revealed why he did so.
“It was an important but difficult decision,” Figo said (via Marca).
“I left a city that gave me a lot and where I felt good.
“But when you don’t feel like you’re recognised for what you’re doing and you have an offer from another club then you think about it.”
Figo played with some historic greats back in his time and he singled out Raul as the best.
“Raúl is a winner,” Figo said. “It’s because of his mentality that he won so much in his career. He always knew what to do and how to move on the pitch.”
He continued: “I played with a lot of great players; Ronaldo, Zidane, Rivaldo, [Hristo] Stoichkov, Guardiola, [Fernando] Hierro, [Juan Sebastian] Veron.
“But I would always back Raúl to score.”