World Footballer of the Year Luis Figo will lead highly fancied Portugal to Macau for a 10-day tune-up in May ahead of the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea. A top Macau official confirmed Real Madrid superstar Figo and his teammates would use the former Portugese enclave to get acclimatised before heading for the World Cup opening ceremonies on May 30 in Seoul. They play their first Group D match against the United States in Suwon on June 5. The other teams in the group are Korea and Poland. 'Portugal will be staying here for eight to 10 days until the end of May. It'll be a good promotion for Macau sport and it also shows that our facilities are good enough to allow world-class training and competition,' said Macau sports supremo Manuel Silverio. 'We're also delighted that Portugal and Macau are keeping up a good relationship after Macau's handover to China in 1999.' Silverio had no doubt that Portugal, in their third World Cup finals, would bring their best team. 'There is no question that Portugal will bring their best team because it will be their final stop before travelling to Korea. 'Portugal are ranked number four in the world, so they're absolutely a high-level team,' he said. Silverio said talks had been under way after the Portuguese and Macau governments signed a three-year sport exchange agreement in July and the deal was reached after Portugal FA chief Gilberto Madail paid a visit to Macau two months ago. 'He was satisfied with the quality of hotels and facilities here,' Silverio said. Silverio said the visit would cost Macau $500,000, which includes accommodation, meals and the provision of the training ground at Taipa stadium, although Portugal have to pay for their international travel. Silverio added that Macau had beaten competition from Shanghai, Fukuoka and Singapore to win the deal, which also includes a friendly match between Portugal and an opponent yet to be finalised. Portugal are rated as one of the title favourites along with Argentina and France, thanks to the emergence of talented players including AC Milan midfielder Rui Costa and Fiorentina striker Nuno Gomes. Portugal raised some eyebrows two years ago when they reached the semi-finals in the European Championship. Portugal qualified as group winners in a World Cup qualifying campaign that included a win and a draw against the Netherlands, who missed out on a place in the finals. Ireland finished second in that group and reached the finals after beating Iran in a playoff. The high-profile activity will be seen as a boost to Macau's preparation for hosting the 2005 East Asian Games, its first major multi-sport games.