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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.