Figo expresses regret that Gerrard never joined Real

Matt Stead

Luis Figo admitted he once wanted Steven Gerrard to join Real Madrid after watching the former Liverpool captain shine in Saturday’s charity match at Anfield.

Gerrard stole the show as the ‘Liverpool Legends’ team beat their Madrid counterparts 4-3 in an entertaining clash in aid of the LFC Foundation.

Gerrard, who recently took up a role on the Liverpool coaching staff following his retirement, had a hand in all four Reds goals – scoring one, setting up two and winning a penalty. The 36-year-old also rattled a shot off the bar for good measure on a sunny afternoon when an adoring crowd urged him to shoot at every opportunity.

In his prime, Champions League-winner Gerrard was coveted by some of the game’s biggest clubs. Figo, a giant of Madrid’s galactico era around the turn of the millennium, believes he would have fitted in well at the Bernabeu.

When asked if he would have liked to have seen Gerrard join him in Madrid, the Portuguese said: “The moment in life when we had the possibility to play together, that wasn’t possible. I think it is a pity because everyone wants to play with the best.

“I think Gerrard showed in his career he was one of the best footballers in his position. It was a pity but for Liverpool it was lucky because he could show his quality and talent here, at Anfield.”