Michel François Platini is a French former football player, manager and administrator. Nicknamed Le Roi (The King) for his ability and leadership, he is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. Platini won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, and came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. In recognition of his achievements, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1985 and became Officier in 1988. During his career, Platini played for the clubs Nancy, Saint-Étienne, and Juventus. Despite primarily serving as an advanced midfield playmaker, he was a prolific goalscorer; he won the Serie A capocannoniere (top scorer) award three consecutive times between 1983 and 1985, and was the top scorer of Juventus’s victorious 1984–85 European Cup campaign. Platini was a key player of the French national team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was the top scorer and best player, and reached the semi-finals of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. Together with the midfielders Alain Giresse, Luis Fernández and Jean Tigana, he formed the carré magique (magic square) of the French team in the 1980s. Platini was his country’s record goalscorer until 2007, and holds the record for most goals (9) scored in the European Championship despite only appearing in the victorious 1984 edition. Following his retirement as a player, Platini was the French national team coach for four years, and was the co-organizer of the 1998 World Cup in France. From 2007, he served as the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He also held the positions of chairman of FIFA’s Technical and Development Committee and vice-president of the French Football Federation.
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During the season 2006-2007 there was the Juventus F.C. 110th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary a Juventus F.C. former player’s parade was organized before a Serie A game at the Stadio Olimpico. All of the most popular team former players attended the parade and it was given to all of them a special Juventus’s shirt with a commemorative badge on sleeve representing the 110th anniversary and the name on the back. Only one shirt for each player was made. This shirt was given to Michel Platini and it was signed by many team former players that attended the parade. This shirt is a very particular shirt as it supposed to be the Champions League shirt for the season 2006/2007 since it has the black square on the back (typical for Champions League competition due Uefa rules). Nike prepared this style of shirt in advance and they couldn’t expect that due Calciopoli’s issue the team was not going to play the Champions League competition. So this style of shirt was prepared, but never used by the team.
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One of the most funniest moments of Michel Platini’s career definitely happened during the Intercontinental Cup 1985 Final between Juventus and Argentinos Juniors. Platini scored probably the best goal of his life at the minute 68 when the result was fixed on 1-1. The referee called the goal off while the player was already exulting. While Platini understood that the goal was not regular he slowly felt down on the floor until he was completely lied down.
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Platini is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and is regarded as one of the best passers in football history, as well as one of the best ever penalty kick and free kick specialists to have played the game. A quick, versatile, and intelligent offensive midfield playmaker, with a unique ability to read the game and bend the ball from set pieces, he was renowned in particular for his ball control, technical skill, creativity, range of passing, and vision, despite his lack of notable physical or athletic attributes. Although he primarily served as a creative midfielder, who mainly provided assists and created chances for teammates, Platini was also a prolific goalscorer, who was known for his composure in front of goal, as well as his accurate finishing ability with both his feet and his head; he won several top-scoring awards throughout his career, both at club and international level. Despite his talent, skill, and ability, he was also drew criticism from his managers at times, due to his lack of stamina and poor defensive work-rate. Due to his leadership and dominance, as well as his technical and creative attributes, he was given the nickname “Le Roi” (“The King”, in French). Platini won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985.