Figo spent five years in the Spanish capital following his controversial move from great rivals Barcelona in 2000.
âI could not stand it because I was a player at Real that President Florentino Perez did not want,â the now 40-year-old said.
âI donât know what had changed, but I remember well that we came to play Albacete, I had played and we had won [6-1]. Then the next week was the Clasico [lost 3-0] and then from one moment to another I was on the bench without an explanation.
âIt was certainly a way to hurt me. I am telling you what I think. I am clear on why I left, I had one year to go on my contract at Madrid where I could have been paid well and stayed quiet, but I preferred to find a new project and be happy instead of taking the money without playing.
âI do not share Perezâs ideas, but I respect him. Certainly he is very powerful and very influential and I hope that he brings good things to the club.â
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