Luis Figo to Real Madrid: The Transfer That Launched the Galacticos Era

Luis Figo was unveiled at Real Madrid on July 24, 2000. He was the best player in the world, set to win the Ballon d'Or, and he had decided to move from Barcelona to their sworn enemy in Madrid. To Barca fans who loved him, he had betrayed their trust and broken their hearts.

CHAPTER I: HE PLAYED DIRTY

Figo’s team-mates at Barca—including club captain Pep Guardiola, who was godfather to one of Figo’s daughters—were caught unawares.

"He surprised us all," says Francesc Arnau, who...

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