Figo calls time on career

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Former European and World Player of the Year Luis Figo has announced his retirement from football. The 36-year-old Inter Milan man saw his side crowned Serie A champions on Saturday evening without kicking a ball after second-placed AC Milan lost at Udinese.

And the former Portuguese international - who made 127 appearances for his country, scoring 32 times - has now confirmed he will hang up his boots for good.

"This is the first time I have celebrated before playing. This is the best way to end," he told A Bola. And the former Sporting, Barcelona and Real Madrid forward - who made more than 100 league outings for each club - added that he is unlikely to prolong his playing career with a spell in the US.

"I will not play again at the highest level and I will most likely not accept any offer," he said.

"Only if something special emerges, and it is from outside of Europe, but it is not likely."