London – David Beckham has welcomed former Real
Madrid teammate Portuguese Luis Figo”s bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as
FIFA president, saying world football’s governing body needs candidates
“passionate about the game.”
Figo 42, is the only former player standing in May’s election, which
also features FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and Dutch
football association chairman Michael van Praag.
Ahead of Figo’s manifesto launch on
Thursday, former England captain Beckham said in a statement: “I welcome
the candidacy of my friend Luis for FIFA president.
“Any successful organization needs to have good people who are passionate about the game and want to do the best for fans.”