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Figo: The End of Another Story

By Paulo Coelho
August 6 2005

After a whole summer in which nobody knew what would happen to his future, the Portuguese star found his way out of Madrid and signed a two year contract with Inter. It has been, together with Julio Baptista and Robinho, one of the main stories in Spanish papers these months. Luckily, it’s over. He will play for the ‘Nerazzurri’ until 30 June 2007, and will receive 3.5 million euros per season. Compared to the 6 million euros he received in Real Madrid, is it a sensible reduction in his wage. After passing the medical with no problems, he has already starting to train with his new teammates.

Among them there are other players who went the same way: Santiago Solari and Walter Samuel also left Madrid this summer to join Inter, and Esteban Cambiasso did so last year. This way, Figo leaves Spain after 10 years, five with Barcelona and five in Madrid.

Apparently, Florentino Pérez decided to let him go free, after denying Liverpool the chance of signing him because of stating the opposite. Now the 32-year-old winger is ready to begin a new phase in his career with his beloved number 7 in the back and stated:

“I’m leaving to see if I get to play there (speaking of Italy and Inter).”

“I still have a couple of years left to play in my best form and I come here with the intention of winning titles.”

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