Figo joins Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Dutch football chief Michael van Praag, ex-FIFA executive Jerome Champagne and former France winger David Ginola in the running for the FIFA presidency. The controversial Blatter will be running for his fifth term in the top job in world football.
The former Real Madrid and Portugal star, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2000 and was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001, said: "I care about football, so what I'm seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – I don't like it.
"If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal – not positive words. It's that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this."
Figo added: "I've been talking with so many important people in football – players, managers, president of federations – and they all think that something has to be done.
"Last year was the World Cup, I was in Brazil and I saw the reaction of all the fans regarding the image of FIFA and I think something has to be changed. Change in leadership, governance, transparency and solidarity, so I think it's the moment for that."