Portugal’s Luis Figo has reopened the rift with with Brazilian-born team-mate Deco over his inclusion in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for Euro 2004.
Figo was critical of the decision to call up Deco’s in 2003 and the Real Madrid player still believes the Porto playmaker should not be included in the squad.
“I don’t think people would be happy in Spain if I became a Spanish national and played for the Spanish side,” he told El Pais.
“It’s something that distorts team spirit and I don’t agree with it.”
“If you’re born Chinese, well, you have to play for China.
“I have nothing against those who do that but it’s superficial.
“It looks like you’re trying to take advantage of something. That’s my opinion and I’m not going to change it because he is in the team.”
Deco was called up by former Brazil coach Scolari in March 2003, just a week after being granted Portuguese citizenship.
“I don’t regret choosing to play for Portugal,” Deco said.
“I’ve always been well treated and it’s a pleasure to play here.
“I was born in Brazil and it would be a lie to say that I’m just Portuguese now and not Brazilian but I love Portugal and I love playing for the national team.”