Where’s the pig’s head that was thrown at Luis Figo? It’s hard to see, what with all the other garbage and bottles that were thrown at Figo’s feet. BleacherReport captured the above image of the pig’s head thrown at Figo as he steps up to take the corner kick at the Camp Nou.
During the el Clasico match, on Figo’s return to the Camp Nou, after having left Barcelona and joined Real Madrid, the 100,000 Barcelona fans weren’t happy to see Figo on the field in their hated rivals shirt. Figo however steps up on the corner and nearly scores.
The fans were enraged though, and continued to pelt the field with whatever they could as Figo tried to take the corner from the other side of the field after the Barcelona keeper’s deflection.
It took Puyol pleading with the fans to stop the harassment and throwing off junk at Figo. The pig’s head incident and Luis Figo will live on in the history of Barcelona versus Real Madrid forever. I don’t even think true Barcelona fans even forgive Figo for leaving their club now.
While taking a taking a corner kick for Real Madrid Figo has a pig’s head thrown at him.
I often wondered if Gareth Bale ever signed with Barcelona he might get a similar kind of reaction. But most times fans accept players leaving clubs and playing for rivals. Certainly it’s happened numerous times in world football.
Here’s a Barcelona fan on Figo and his first game versus his former club:
Anna Blasco, Barcelona fan:
I’ll never forget it; it was a spectacular night. That kind of noise, that atmosphere – I’ve never experienced anything like it before or since.
We’d built up an enormous affection towards Figo during his five years at the club. I was actually kind of in love with him, and there was a real feeling of betrayal around his move to Madrid.
We were all expecting some kind of reaction towards him but we weren’t expecting what happened.
To start with, there was the stadium announcer, Manel Vich. He worked for the club from 1956 and died in 2016. He was always a very proper, polite person, but before this game, when he read out the names of the players, after Figo’s name, he left a space, intentionally, for the fans to whistle. That noise…