Michel Platini Biography

  • Michel Platini

    Quick Facts Of Michel Platini

    Celebrated NameMichel Platini
    Age64 Years
    Nick NameMichel
    Birth NameMichel Platini
    Birth Date1955-06-21
    ProfessionFormer Football Player
    Place Of BirthJœuf,Lorraine, France
    WifeChristelle Platini
    ChildrenLaurent Platini and Marine Platini
    FatherAldo Platini
    MotherAnna Platini
    Height5′ 9¾” (1.77 m)
    Marital StatusMarried
    Awards Ballon d’Or Awards in 1982, 1984 and 1985, European Footballer of the Year awards (1983 through 1985)
    Residencethe French port of Cassis, near Marseilles
    Nationality French

  • 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 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 birth place is in Jœuf in France. He holds French nationality. His parents were of Italian ancestry. 

    Playing Career: Club

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

    He started his senior professional career from 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 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 full international level.

    Managerial Career

    He became the coach of 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 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 coach later becoming a part of football administration. He was dragged into football-related corruption scandal. His net worth is estimated at $15 million at present. 

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