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MADRID, March 29 (Reuters) - Inter Milan midfielder Luis Figo has described his former club Real Madrid as like a circus, and criticised the way it was run under former president Florentino Perez.

The former world and European footballer of the year moved to Italy last August, six months before Perez resigned with Real heading towards their third consecutive season without a major trophy.

Real's new president Fernando Martin has promised to crack the whip with the club's players and the Spanish media is full of speculation about which players will be the next to follow Figo out of the Bernabeu.

'If the most important thing for your project is to put on a circus, then you have less chance of winning things,' Figo said in an interview with sports daily Marca on Wednesday.

Figo joined Real in 2000 in one of the most controversial transfers in Spanish football when newly elected president Perez paid a then world-record $56 million to buy him out of his contract with arch-rivals Barcelona.

The midfielder, viewed as Real's first Galactico signing, helped them to the league title in his first season at the club and played an important part in their victories at the 2002 European Cup and the 2003 Spanish championship.

'Everything started to go wrong at Real after those first three years when commercial decisions took precedence over sporting ones,' Figo said.

'After the third year they signed players for the sake of signing them. They didn't sign them for sporting reasons, they had other priorities.

'When things are like this sooner or later you pay for it.'

After Figo, Real brought Zinedine Zidane and then Ronaldo, pursuing a policy of signing big names. After the sacking of coach Vicente del Bosque and the signing of David Beckham in 2003 the trophies dried up. By the time Perez left he had spent more than 400 million euros ($473 million).

On top of the new signings the club organised longer and more gruelling world tours to promote the club.

'It is great to go everywhere and be received like kings but this is not reality,' Figo added

'Ask the fans whether they think is more important to see their side winning every Sunday and collecting titles, or to see their side doing tours for 15 or 20 days as if they were the Globetrotters.

'I was surprised by the timing of Perez's decision to leave because I don't think it was the right moment. When things go wrong you should stand up and be counted.'

Real are second in the Primera Liga, 11 points behind leaders Barcelona whom they play on Saturday, with eight games left this season.
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Real humiliation. :lala:
 

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I hate Real Madrid with passion... but if he doesn't remember, he was the first clown of that circus.. :rolleyes:
 

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well can't disagree with the man...

regarding the signings of irrelevence he was speaking of....is he talking about beckham?? :lala:
 

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i agree with figo.. we shuda kept him and sold beckshits instead
 

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Beckham's the pony,Ronaldo's the elephant,Zidane is the monkey,R.carlos is the Bull,Raul is the horse,woodgate is the Firaffe yep sounds like a circus. :tongue:
 

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Beckham's the pony,Ronaldo's the elephant,Zidane is the monkey,R.carlos is the Bull,Raul is the horse,Woodgate is the Giraffe yep sounds like a circus. :tongue:
 

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Beckham's the pony,Ronaldo's the elephant,Zidane is the monkey,R.carlos is the Bull,Raul is the horse,Woodgate is the Giraffe and there are plenty of clowns there also yep sounds like a circus. :tongue:
 

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Going to adjust it one more time, Bandiera?
 

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Bandiera said:
Beckham's the pony,Ronaldo's the elephant,Zidane is the monkey,R.carlos is the Bull,Raul is the horse,woodgate is the Firaffe yep sounds like a circus. :tongue:

:howler:
 

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After Figo, Real brought Zinedine Zidane and then Ronaldo, pursuing a policy of signing big names. After the sacking of coach Vicente del Bosque and the signing of David Beckham in 2003 the trophies dried up. By the time Perez left he had spent more than 400 million euros ($473 million).
You should keep yourself more informed Jern. It's not half the money Abra has spent. :rolleyes:
 

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the problem created by Perez with his galactico policy is the scorn & contempt he created towards the club.

Anti-madrismo from cules is expect but attitudes from others...
 
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