Michel Platini

Michel François Platini is a French former football player, manager and administrator. As the president of UEFA in 2015 he was banned from football, over ethics violations

Michel Francois Platini, popularly known as Michel Platini is a French former football player, manager, and administrator. He is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and was voted sixth in the FIFA Players of the Century vote. He has won Ballon d’Or three times. As a player, he played for Nancy, Saint-Etienne, and Juventus and earned several achievements. He represented France national team from 1972 until retirement in 1987. Following his retirement, he became France’s national team’s coach for four years.

He was elected as the president of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) in 2007. He also held the positions of chairman of FIFA’s Technical and Development Committee and vice president of the French Football Federation. He was banned from football administrations in 2015 for conflict of interest by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

What is Michel Platini Famous For?

– One of the greatest footballers of all time.

– 3 times Ballon d’Or winner.

– Elected President of UEFA.

– Banned from football administration in 2015.

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Where was Michel Platini Born?

Michel Platini was born on 21 June 1955. His birth name is Michel Francois Platini. He was born to a father, Aldo Platini, and a mother, Anna Platini. His birthplace is in Jœuf in France. He holds French nationality. His parents were of Italian ancestry.

Playing Career: Club

He started his youth career at local club AS Jœuf in 1966.

He started his senior professional career at the French club Nancy in 1972.

He later played for French club Saint-Etienne and Italian club Juventus.

He won 1974-75 Division 2 and 1977-78 Coupe de France with Nancy.

He won 1980-81 Division 1 with Saint-Etienne.

While at Juventus, he won 2 Serie A (1983-84 and 1985-86), 1982-82 Coppa Italia, 1983-84 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 1984 European Super Cup, 1984-85 European Cup, and 1985 Intercontinental Cup.

In his playing career, he scored 312 goals in 432 games in all competitions.

Playing Career: France

He led France to win the 1984 UEFA European Championship and 1985 Artemio Franchi Trophy.

He helped France to finish third in the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

He scored 41 goals for France national team in 72 competitions.

He played his last appearance for France in April 1987 against Iceland.

His final match came in November 1988. Kuwaiti Emir requested Platini to represent Kuwait in an international friendly match against the Soviet Union. He made a rare feat of appearing for more than one country at a full international level.

Managerial Career

He became the coach of the French national team in November 1988.

He led the France national team to qualify for the 1992 European Championship winning all eight of their group matches.

He was named Manager of the Year by the World Soccer Awards.

He stepped down as coach following France’s first-round elimination from the tournament.

Individual Honors

Ballon d’Or 1983, 1984, 1985

Onze d’Or 1983, 1984, 1985

Onze d’Argent 1977

IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1983–84, 1984–85

World Soccer Player of the Year: 1984, 1985

UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament: 1984

UEFA European Championship Top Scorer: 1984

UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1984

French Player of the Year: 1976, 1977

French Player of the Century: 1999

L’Équipe French Champion of Champions: 1977, 1984

FIFA XI: 1979

Guerin d’Oro: 1984

Capocannoniere (Serie A Top Scorer): 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85

European Cup Top Scorer: 1984–85

Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player of the Match Award: 1985

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1982, 1986

FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994

World Team of the 20th Century: 1998

FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002

Italian Football Hall of Fame member

English Football Hall of Fame member (voted All-Time Greatest European Footballer. He is only the second person outside the English game to be honored by the Museum.)

Artemio Franchi Prize

Golden Foot: 2004, as football legend

FIFA 100

UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #9

Premio internazionale Giacinto Facchetti: 2011

Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award: 2012

IFFHS Legends

Juventus Greatest XI of All Time: 2017


Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur: 1985

Officier of the Ordre national du Mérite: 1994

Officier of the Légion d’honneur: 1998

Football Administration

He was one of the heads of the organizing committee for the 1988 FIFA World Cup, held in France.

He served on the UEFA Technical Development Committee from 1988 to 1990.

He has been a member of the UEFA Executive Committee and a European member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 2002.

He became the chairman of the FIFA Technical and Development Committee in 2006. He was also the vice-president of the French Football Federation.

He defeated Dusseldorf to become the president of UEFA in July 2006. He became the first former player to become UEFA President.

He announced in July 2015 that he would run for FIFA presidency but later stepped down in January 2016.

Sepp Blatter and Platini were both dragged into the football-related corruption scandal. Investigations found both guilty of ethics violations and banned them from football until 2023.

He was also involved in the Greek public polemics regarding the 2015 Greek football scandal.

He has been named in the Panama Papers in April 2016.

He was questioned in June 2019 over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Who is Michel Platini Married to?

Michel Platini is a married man. He is married to Christelle Platini. They got married in 1977. The couple has two children, Marine, and Laurent.

He collapsed at a restaurant in the Michaelangelo Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg in July 2010. He was rushed to the Morningside Medi-Clinic. His health condition was not ruled critical and got discharged soon.

What are Michel Platini Body Measurements?

Michel Platini stands at a height of 1.79 m i.e. 5 feet and 10 inches tall.

What is Michel Platini Net Worth?

Michel Platini is dubbed as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He earned quite a fortune as an active player. Following his retirement, he became a coach later becoming a part of the football administration. He was dragged into a football-related corruption scandal. His net worth is estimated at $15 million at present.

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