The Poster: Michel Platini | The Controversial French Football Legend

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Michel Platini is a name that will forever be etched in French football history. He was a midfielder who played for Juventus and France, and he later became the president of UEFA. During his career, he was known for his excellent dribbling skills and passing ability. However, he has also been involved in several controversies, which have tarnished his reputation.

Michel Platini's career

Michel Platini started his career with the French club Nancy in 1972. He then moved to Saint-Etienne, where he won the 1977 UEFA Cup. In 1982, he joined Juventus and helped the team win the European Cup in 1985. He won over 10 trophies in his domestic career scoring over 200 goals in over 400 appearances which makes him of the greatest goal-scoring midfielders of all time.

He also played for France's national team and was a member of the team that won the 1984 European Championship. He has 41 goals to his name for his national side making him currently the third-highest scorer of all time for Les Bleus.

He is often regarded as one of the greatest players in football history, having won the Ballon d'Or three times in a row from 1983 to 1985. In addition to this, he has been recognized with multiple awards, including being named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1985 and an Officer in 1998. Platini's passion for football is clear, and his knowledge of the game is unrivalled.

After retiring from playing football, Michel Platini became involved in football administration. He was elected as the president of UEFA in 2007, and served in that role until 2015.

Platini's greatest moments and style of play

Michel Platini was an elegant midfield playmaker who is considered one of the best passers in the history of the game. He was known for his vision and technique, as well as his ability to score goals. He was also a free-kick specialist and is considered to be one of the greatest ever exponents of this particular skill.

One of Michel Platini's greatest moments came in the 1984 European Championship, where he helped France win their first-ever major trophy. He scored nine goals in five games, including two hat-tricks, and was named the Player of the Tournament.

Another one of his great moments came in 1985 when he played a pivotal role in Juventus' victory in the European Cup. He scored the opening and only goal in the final and was named the man of the match.

Controversies surrounding Platini

While Michel Platini has many accomplishments, he has also been involved in several controversies. In 2006, it was revealed that he had accepted a payment of $US100,000 from FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 1998. This led to him being banned from football for eight years by FIFA's Ethics Committee. In 2015, it was revealed that Platini had received a payment of two million USD from FIFA in 2011, which he claimed was an "honorarium" for work he had done previously. These payments led to Platini being banned from football for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Despite his success as a player, Platini has never been inducted into the FIFA Hall of Fame. After his ban from football was lifted in 2016, many fans and pundits are hopeful that he will finally be recognized for his contributions to the sport. Regardless of his status within FIFA, Platini is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in history and has revolutionized the way that football is played.