Portugal’s Figo says the three-country bid for 2030 is ready and able to deliver at the highest level

June 11 – Portuguese star and ambassador for the Portugal, Spain and Morocco World Cup 2030 bid Luis Figo, has said that they already have the facilities and infrastructure “to host a truly exceptional event”.

Figo, who played for Portugal for 18 years from U16 level to earning 127 senior caps, said that in his experience (Portugal hosted Euro 2004) “playing in front of a home crowd in such an important tournament is an unforgettable feeling. We felt a tremendous honour of representing 11 million people, at the same time showcasing our country to theworld as a host nation.

As a nation, and part of the three country 2030 bid, he said that “having been through the experience of playing in a home European Championship and having lived for so long in Portugal and Spain, I can only imagine the potential of the FIFA World Cup 2030.

“Portugal, Spain and Morocco countries with football at their heart. You read it in the news, you see it in the street. It ispart of life. And this means that everyone will have their chance to be involved and benefit directly.”

Figo believes the World Cup 2030 will unite the country like never before.

“ I believe that we will see Portuguese people of all ages, and all backgrounds, come together like never before, to deliver a truly incredible event. It will of course be a great opportunity to showcase Portugal to the world, and I’mexcited about the potential to highlight all regions of our beautiful country.”

Figo said that his expectations for hosting are “extremely high”, saying they have both the organization capability and the infrastructure.

“Morocco, Portugal and Spain have already proved themselves by organizing other major events. We have theinfrastructure, facilities and expertise to host a truly exceptional event. For the players, the officials, and of course the fans,I can’t think of a better event experience,” said Figo.

“This would also be a unique World Cup, bridging two continents together. Through a culmination of different cultures, Ibelieve the event will unite people through their strong passion of football and offer a great experience for visitors fromacross the world,” he continued.

“I’ve also been very impressed with the bid’s commitment to a sustainable and responsible approach. It considers thesocial, economic, and environmental impact of the tournament, and in this way, I think it can and will create a legacy thatgoes long beyond the tournament itself and benefit communities in Portugal for years to come.”

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